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FACEBOOK IN AFRICA STANDS FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Facebook’s free accessibility initiative Internet.org makes women become aware of their rights. The American social network has recently launched a new app that gathers and gives free access to all the main resources related to women’s rights such as MAMA (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by UNICEF.

The project revolves around the idea of empowerment through information: once people are acknowledged with their rights and they know who to contact if a violation occurs, they will be more keen to react to injustices.

The first market to enjoy the initiative is Zambia - whose mobile carrier Airtel, together with local governments, worked hard to offer access at no charge to people who can’t afford a mobile data plan; but since the app is available around the globe, frictions are expected in those countries governed by oppressive regimes that deny human rights and where gender discrimination is socially and culturally accepted.

In Musimbi Kanyoro’s opinion - President and CEO at Global Fund for Women’s - this technology will be crucial to build solid foundation and fight gender inequality as well as developing more inclusive and democratic societies.

Considering Mark Zuckerberg global business, this noble move could cost Facebook permanent ban from countries ruled by “morally concerned” governments like Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and China.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

(Source: TechCrunch)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.