The Cherie Blair Foundation and GSMA Development Fund published a groundbreaking report featuring Tostan's Jokko Initiative earlier this year, quantifying the gender gap in mobile technology across developing countries - Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity. The report shows that, by extending the benefits of mobile phone ownership to more women, a host of social and economic goals can be advanced, but 300 million women are missing out on the mobile revolution.
Using the findings of the report, GSMA is now leading in efforts to close the gender gap with an innovative new programme, "mWomen".
Key findings of the report:
- There are 300 million fewer female subscribers than male subscribers worldwide
- A woman is 21% less likely to own a phone than a man in low and middle-income countries
- Regionally, the incremental annual revenue opportunity for operators ranges from US$740M in Latin America to US$4B in East Asia
- Women in rural areas and lower income brackets stand to benefit the most from closing the gender gap
- 93% of women report feeling safer because of their mobile phone
- 85% of women report feeling more independent because of their mobile phone
- 41% of women report having increased income and professional opportunities once they own a phone
Founded in October 2005, the GSMA Development Fund has rapidly established itself as a leader in identifying and implementing new uses for mobile communications to help people at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid. Find out more at: http://devfundblog.org