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The Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Hillary Clinton

The Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Hillary Clinton

Empowered by the mobile phone

The Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Hillary Clinton

The co-champions for Women across the Globe

The Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Hillary Clinton

The familes have been friends for many years

Advancing women entrepreneurs' economic circumstances with the use of mobile technology.

On Thursday 7 October at 11am, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State, alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cherie will call for international support for her efforts to improve women's access to mobile technology across the globe.

Cherie is delighted that her dear friend Hillary is co - championing this project which aims to extend the benefits of mobile phone ownership to more women, particularly in developing Countries, as a driver of social and economic change.

This event will launch the mWomen Initiative, a project led by the GSMA Development Fund and supported by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which aims to promote mobile technologies as a tool for women's empowerment and international development.

Every woman, wherever she lives, needs a mobile phone. That's the simple but fundamental message at the heart of this report. By being better connected, women feel safer, find employment, start businesses, access banks, learn about market prices and altogether benefit socially and economically. Cherie Blair

Cherie and Secretary Clinton, who have been friends for many years, will be joined by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer and GSMA CEO Rob Conway. There will also be a number of other participants, including leaders from the mobile communications industry, the private sector, international development community, women's organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

For more information about GSMA's mWomen Programme click here

For more about the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women click here

To see Cherie's BBC interview on closing the mobile phone gender gap click here

To read The Telegraph article on the launch of the mWomen initiative click here