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Hillary Clinton and Cherie Blair have joined forces to launch a new scheme aimed at getting phones to women in developing countries. It could play a huge impact in the mobile phone recycling industry.

The two female power figures are the leading the campaign giving females in Third World countries the chance to own a mobile phone and empowering them so they are on level terms with their male counterparts.

Launched in Washington on Thursday, mWomen aims to get mobile phones in the hands of 150 million women in the Third World. It is estimated men own 300 million handsets between them. Closing the gap on this figure is what’s intended.

The US Secretary of State hopes that women will use mobile phones to access health care, report violence and coordinate disaster relief and aid efforts in often volatile countries.

She says: "With a mobile phone, expectant mothers who live nowhere near a clinic can get health advice."

Cherie Blair, wife of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair added: "Mobile phones have led a remarkable communications revolution, extending and improving the way people connect with each other.

“Over nine out of 10 women we surveyed felt safer because of their mobile phone, and 85 per cent said they felt more independent while over 55 per cent of business owners reported that they have earned additional income [through the use of a mobile phone]."

Many mobile phones recycled through companies such as Mobile Phone Xchange are sent to third world countries.

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