Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Importance of Communication

A recent BBC article states that in developing nations 300 million fewer women than men have cell phones. This figure equates to about 23% in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. Thankfully, this has caught the attention of Cherie Blair, wife to the former British Prime Minister. Through a new program, an approximated 150 million phones will be supplied to women in developing nations. Mrs. Blair states that having access to a phone "can help with literacy. It can help with health programmes and projects and it's a way of helping women develop small businesses and get financial independence." Several phone companies have pledged large sums to aid in this program taking off, and with their involvement promises to be a successful initiative. In addition to the financial benefits sure to be felt by the women who participate in this program, reports suggest 93% of women feel safer because of their mobile phone; 85% say they feel more independent. Essentially, this new push will not only promote financial stability, but safety and independence as well.

megan smith

No comments:

Post a Comment