Facebook Gives Free Internet to African Women

mama-appFacebook in collaboration with Internet.org has launched a new app in Zambia which will give women free internet access to resources that are related to womens’ rights.

Facebook, Airtel and local governments have taken this initiative and they have jointly identified such resources. However, Facebook might come into friction with local regimes, should this free internet access is made available in more countries because women are historically an oppressed minority in these areas.

The app launched in Zambia gives free internet access to sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and Google search along with access to human rights resources. The free access is also subsidized by Airtel because this gives promotion of internet and people might then buy paid internet data bundles.

Three useful apps that are made available are MAMA, Facts for Life and WRAPP. For example by accessing WRAPP app, a woman will get to know that she has her government granted right to equal education and may contact National Legal Aid Clinic for Women if this education right is violated.

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