Study: WhatsApp helps Nigerian women get their voices heard

Mobile phones have become widespread all over the world, including in rural and low-income communities. As research shows, these devices have the potential to bring about significant societal change – a fact acknowledged in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. While the promising role that mobile phones and other Information and Communication Technologies could play in empowering women – particularly in Afrika – has long been discussed, relatively little is known about how, when, and why this happens. We conducted a study with women from the Nigerian city of Kano to see how they were using the mobile messaging service WhatsApp. We wanted to know whether the app had opened…

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