Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018 calls for equal access to mobile technologies
GSMA released its Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018 as part of its Connected Women Programme to collaborate with mobile operators and other industry stakeholders to address the barriers of women accessing and using mobile technologies. Information presented in the report was obtained from face-to-face surveys conducted in 23 low and middle-income countries.
Some of the main highlights from the report indicated that:
- Women in low and middle-income countries are 10% less likely to own mobile phones than men. Similarly, on average women were 26% less likely to use mobile internet.
- The gender gap differs between geographical locations. The biggest gaps were present in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Cost remains the greatest barrier to owning a mobile phone. Other barriers include low digital literacy and safety or security concerns.
- Closing the gender gap would represent a substantial commercial opportunity for the industry. For this reason, private-public collaboration to bridge the digital divide is encouraged.
Source: Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018