Oxford study finds mobile phones are empowering women in the developing world

Mobile phones are driving a revolution in information, empowerment, and better health in lower-income nations – especially for women

Mobiles may be seen an irritant in the west, as people complain about the negative societal impacts of games, texting and tiny screens. But, the peer-reviewed Oxford paper, which has recently been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that access to mobile phones is associated with lower gender inequalities, enhanced contraceptive use, and lower maternal and child mortality.

Although these effects are global, the link between mobile phone access and the social development indicators is stronger in the developing world.

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