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Mobile + Women + Clinton + Blair

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 7 2010

Cherie Blair, whom you might remember from her stint as Britain's First Lady, got together this morning with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announce the launch of something called "mWomen," a project that promotes "mobile technologies as tools for women's empowerment and international development." In the development world, mobile and women are seen as something of a potentially transformative combination, as mobile technologies challenge some of the dynamics -- mobility, access to formalized banking -- that can limit women in much of the world. That, and the fact that women-centered development is an interest of both Blair and Clinton, make this space something worth keeping an eye on. Which you can begin to do by watching today's mWomen launch, helpfully archived on the State Department's website.

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