FEED Autumn 2021 Newsletter

A detailed report from the GSMA has uncovered that not everyone is connected equally


universally shared element of 21st-century life is the mobile phone. Our ancestors would be stunned to see people of

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, totalling over 750, with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. In its recent document, ‘Mobile Gender Gap Report 2021’, the GSMA examined several key areas: y y The fact that the mobile gender gap continues to improve in South Asia, but less so in other regions y y The main barriers for women’s equal access to mobile internet y y The rise of women’s smartphone ownership, notably in India

all ages and cultures, accompanied by these strange micro-monoliths which allow you to contact anyone, or navigate anywhere, or answer any question at the tap of a finger. But the reality is that the power of mobile isn’t nearly as accessible as we think. Throughout the world, women have less access to mobile communication and the benefits it can provide.

Findings from the report are taken from the results of over 9000 face- to-face surveys across eight low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Additional research was conducted in India and Kenya for a more nuanced understanding of women’s access to, and use of, mobile internet, especially in the context of the pandemic.


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