I was catching up on some news of the past week and came upon an interesting article at the BBC entitled "Initiative aims to supply millions of mobiles to women" at this URL:
The article begins:
" A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa is 23% less likely than a " man to own a mobile phone, according to research. " " This figure rises to 24% in the Middle East and increases again " to 37% for a woman living in South Asia, found the study by the " GSM Association. " " In total, it found, 300 million fewer women than men in " developing countries owned a mobile. " " An initiative called mWomen proposes to halve this "gender gap" " within three years. " " The programme, championed by Cherie Blair, the wife of former " British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and US Secretary of State " Hillary Clinton aims to provide 150 million women around the " world with access to mobile phone technology. " " Mrs Blair said there were many benefits a mobile phone could " bring to women. " " "There is so much you can do with a mobile phone," she told the " BBC World Service. " " "It can help with literacy. It can help with health programmes " and projects and it's a way of helping women develop small " businesses and get financial independence." " " 'Essential item' " " As part of the initiative, there will be tariffs created " especially for women as well as the development of a " female-specific handset. It will also create projects to educate " men about the positive aspects of women owning a mobile phone. " [...]
I'm still scratching my head trying to understand what would be a female-specific handset without being risqué. :-)
Anyone have any ideas? Just curious.