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Why women will drive mobile growth in Indonesia and what MNOs need to do to seize the opportunity

June 25, 2015

Elisa Minischetti


Why women will drive mobile growth in Indonesia and what MNOs need to do to seize the opportunity

The findings presented in this blog post are based on the recently released research report ‘Bridging the gender gap: mobile access and usage in low- and middle-income countries’. This blog was co-written with Shireen Santosham.


New report launched, identifying digital literacy barriers and solutions for women in developing markets

June 16, 2015

Sarah Crampsie



In developing countries, mobile phones are the most popular way to connect to the internet. The number of unique subscribers using mobile internet in developing countries grew from 728 million in 2010 to 1.8 billion in 2014 . However, wome…

The top 10 things you need to know about women and mobile in Kenya

May 26, 2015

Georgia Barrie


The top 10 things you need to know about women and mobile in Kenya

In March 2015 GSMA’s Connected Women programme published Bridging the Gender Gap: Mobile access and usage in low- and middle-income countries. This large scale study included 11,000 household surveys, 77 focus groups and over 120 exp…

Girls in ICT Day: why we need more women in the tech and telecom industries

May 6, 2015

Elisa Minischetti



While some progress has been made towards increasing gender diversity in the ICT industry, much is left to be done, with the telecom industry being no exception 1. In fact, to ensure that the mobile industry continues to create innovatio…

Establishing a core of M4D Champions in PNG

April 29, 2015

Guest Blogger



This is a guest blog by Catherine Highet, former Pacific Manager, GSMA Connected Women.

With mobile services only arriving in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 8 years ago, it is logical that Mobile for Development (M4D) initiatives are still in thei…

Reaching half of the market: women and mobile money – The example of Telesom in Somaliland

April 27, 2015

Elisa Minischetti



This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that provide a deep-dive into different mobile money services who proved to be successful in increasing the mobile money penetration amongst women in their respective markets. This blog series c…

Security and harassment on mobile phones: A growing concern for women in emerging markets

April 24, 2015

Guest Blogger



This is a guest blog by Dominica Lindsey, former Senior Manager of Research Strategy and Evaluation, GSMA Connected Women, who co-authored the recent report “Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low- and middle-inc…

Women are left out of the digital revolution in low- and middle-income countries

April 2, 2015

Shireen Santosham


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Mobile technology and access to the internet transformed the world in the last twenty years. In the news, there is a nearly universally accepted assumption that mobile phones are ubiquitous, with the often stated statistic that there are …

Did you miss the GSMA Connected Women Summit at Mobile World Congress 2015? Here’s what you need to know

March 30, 2015

Elisa Minischetti


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In the words of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘There has never been a better time in history to be a born a female’ – we at GSMA Connected Women couldn’t agree more. 2015 marks the target date of the Millennium Development …

Copy and Contextualise, not Copy and Paste – how to localize mobile literacy tools for other markets

March 30, 2015

Catherine Highet



In GSMA Connected Women’s recent study Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low and middle-income countries and our Pacific landscaping exercise in 2013, Mobile Technical Literacy was identified as a key barrier to wome…

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