In this article, the authors examine the challenges faced by women in rural India in accessing and utilizing mobile technology, especially mobile phone surveys. The authors discuss the socio-cultural barriers, such as male gatekeeping of technology and gender norms, that delay women’s access to mobile phones. This article also addresses the importance of privacy and safety in conducting surveys on sensitive topics.

Furthermore, you will find information on how to reduce these challenges (e.g. employing female enumerators, scheduling callbacks at convenient times for women, among others).

Ultimately, you will learn the importance of involving women’s voices in research and policymaking, and advocate for gender-sensitive/transformative approaches in technological interventions and data collection in rural areas and LMICs.   

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