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This group is focused on issues of gender, including equal access to resources and services, violence against women and children, and womens' empowerment (economic and social)

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South Africa project 1 Reply

Hello,I am looking for some help with some research I am hoping to do in South Africa between June and October this year. I would like to contact some communities who are using sms messaging for…Continue

Started by Emma Fearnley. Last reply by Jindra Cekan, PhD Oct 21, 2011.

ICTs as Tools to Challenge Gender Inequality and Promote Women’s Empowerment

How can I make sure the women effectively use frontline sms and other ICT tools  to confront gender based violence. I find their messages so dull. How can I make sure that their messages can cause…Continue

Started by Loyce Kyogabirwe Feb 4, 2011.

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Comment by Youngpeople Forpeace on August 29, 2014 at 10:02am

We are interested in enlightening the world about Gender based violations in hidden zones and spots. We want to be the voice. But we will like to know more on some issues as we go deep into survey and research. Can you partner us in Nigeria in Gender based violation survey of young and adolescent girls?  

Comment by Marsha Castello on September 13, 2012 at 8:32pm

Hello All,

I work for The Department for International Development (DFID) and I am also  a postgraduate student at Birkbeck, University of London, where I am completing a MSc. in International Business and Development.  I am currently writing my dissertation on the socio-economic impact of mobile phones on smallholder farmers.
I am seeking to discover how mobile technology such as SMS, helplines, information services ant the internet have made a difference in the following areas: 
- Increasing access to financial services (mobile banking)
- Supplying agricultural information
- Increasing data visibility for supply chain efficiency
- Improving access to markets
To this end I have completed the following survey which I would like to invite you to complete by 19 Sept and share as widely as possible:
Survey for providers of mobile services in agriculture:
Survey for users of mobile services in Agriculture in developing countries:

I am conducting this study under the supervision of Professor Klaus Nielson, of the Department of Management at Birkbeck University of London.

I would be very grateful for your response,
Best regards
Comment by Florence Scialom on April 11, 2012 at 5:56am

This could be of interest to all those here in the gender group: Award for using mobile to improve gender equality in education. Hope this proves helpful! Let us know if you decide to apply, and best of luck \o/

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on September 1, 2011 at 6:14am
Muli Bwanji Linda! Its great to hear about your project! How do you use SMS- is it to organise meetings, share advice? What are your plans for the project? I'd love to hear more. Amy \~/
Comment by Linda Dietrich on August 31, 2011 at 7:06pm
I am a Nursing PhD student. Our team is using Frontline SMS with a group of 21 women in Blantyre, Malawi for support, empowerment and  income generation.
Comment by Loyce Kyogabirwe on June 27, 2011 at 5:19am
I am happy to see the gender group growing.  Let us continue to share  and exchange ideas
Comment by Amy O'Donnell on March 9, 2011 at 6:51am

GSMA and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Publish ‘Women &...


• There are 300 million fewer female subscribers than male subscribers worldwide
• A woman is 21% less likely to own a phone than a man in low and middle-income countries - 23% in Africa, 24% in the Middle East, and 37% in South Asia
• Regionally, the incremental annual revenue opportunity for operators ranges from US$740M in Latin America to US$4B in East Asia
• Going forward, two thirds of potential new subscribers for mobile network operators will be women
• Women in rural areas and lower income brackets stand to benefit the most from closing the gender gap
• 93% of  women report feeling safer because of their mobile phone
• 85% of women report feeling more independent because of their mobile phone
• 41% of women report having increased income and professional opportunities once they own a phone

Comment by Florence Scialom on March 8, 2011 at 4:40pm

FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi are being used to map and respond to harassment on the streets of Egypt. Read more about the work of HarassMap on the FrontlineSMS blog:

Comment by Amy O'Donnell on February 28, 2011 at 5:51am

ICT Works article on "How to include women in your tech start-up, your ICT4D project, or your training sessions"


Comment by Laura Walker Hudson on February 4, 2011 at 7:22am
Delighted to see this group has started and look forward to our discussions! Although domestic abuse doesn't only affect women, I thought it might still worth be highlighting this thread on using FrontlineSMS in domestic abuse prevention and response programmes from the forum - just in case people hadn't spotted it:

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