International Day of the Girl: Young women banned from using phones as they are seen to ‘lead to unwanted pregnancy’Maya Oppenheim / The Independent - 1 year ago
  • Girls around the world are being stopped from using technology because of sexist attitudes that suggest items such as mobile phones lead to male contact and unwanted pregnancy, a study found.
  • The research – the first ever comprehensive global study into adolescent girls and mobile technology – revealed many girls were shamed and stigmatised for simply using mobile technology, while deep-rooted societal prejudice curbs their access.
  • The study surveyed 3,000 young people aged between 13 and 19 across 25 countries – most of which were developing nations.
  • It found globally boys are 1.5 times more likely to own a smartphone than girls because shame drastically limits access for girls – meaning females are more likely to be forced to resort to unsafe and secretive behaviours in an attempt to gain access to technology.