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5 ways smartphone apps are empowering South African women

Smartphones have changed our lives for the better over the past 15 years, evolving from a neat toy into an everyday essential. Today, there are thousands of apps that empower women by putting information and services at their fingertips. Alcatel suggests some apps for women from all walks of life.

1. Health and fitness

Women with Android smartphones are spoilt for choice when it comes to health and fitness apps. In addition to the many wonderful, non-gender specific apps like the Google Fit fitness tracking app or the MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter, there are many apps that offer fitness programmes tailored for women. Female Fitness – Women Workout is just one example.

2. Reproductive health

There’s a huge variety of Android apps to help women stay on top of their health – from the myPill Birth Control Reminder that helps you remember to take your contraceptive pill to the Eve period and ovulation tracker that help you track the cycles of your body. If you’re pregnant, there are also fun and insightful apps that help you track your pregnancy and your baby’s development.

3. Personal organisation

A smartphone helps you to get organised and stay on top of your financial, social, family and work obligations. A tool like Wunderlist makes it a snap to create and share grocery lists, holiday plans, to-do lists, and more. Personal finance apps like Money Lover take the stress out of financial planning, budgeting, and expense tracking.

4. Safety and travel

With South Africa’s high rates of crime and violence against women, the many safety apps available for Android devices can help you to feel more secure. Namola is a security, policing and emergency response app that helps you get assistance when you’re in a dangerous situation. Navigation apps such as Waze can help you prepare a route and plan for a trip when you need to take a long drive on your own.

5. Dating and social

Dating apps and social media apps have made it easier than ever to meet new people. Meetup, for instance, helps you to connect with other people who share your interests. And if you have had a bad experience with a creep or stalker on a dating app, you might appreciate one of the dating services that enables heterosexual women to make the first move when matching with men. Bumble is one example of an Android app that focuses on nurturing respect on its platform.






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