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The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019

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As we move to the next generation of mobile technology, we must not forget the millions of women who still lack basic connectivity. Last week the mobile industry convened in Barcelona for MWC 2019, showcasing the newest innovations in mobile technology and intelligent ...

Key Takeaways from GSMA Connected Women Asia Event 2018

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‘Partnering for Impact’ mobile operators look to the future and to the importance of cross-industry collaboration as the way forward Women in South Asia are 58% less likely than men to use mobile internet. This represents the highest gender gap of anywhere in the world. ...

Financial Inclusion Week 2018 Twitter Chat: The power of mobile money to bridge the gender gap

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On October 31 2018, different stakeholders including mobile network operators, governments, and development organisations joined GSMA M4D Twitter chat, as part of the activities for this year’s Financial Inclusion Week under the theme Getting Financial Inclusion Right. The ...

“Understand the gap”: How mobile operators can better understand the gender gap in their customer base

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This is the first blog in a series that deep dives into our framework to help mobile operators close the gender gap in their customer base. The first step in this framework, and the focus of this blog, is the need for operators to “Understand the gap”: know where the gender ...

Financial Inclusion Week 2018 Twitter Chat: The power of mobile money in reaching the underserved

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This blog was co-authored by Mariana Lopez and Abbie Phatty-Jobe. We were honoured to join governments, the private sector and development organisations in welcoming Financial Inclusion Week 2018 and exploring this year’s theme of ‘getting inclusion right’. Each year, ...

Connected Women Commitment Partners reach over 12 million new women with mobile internet and mobile money services

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Mobile has the power to transform lives. It can help empower women, making them more connected and safer, and provide access to information and life-enhancing services such as; health information and guidance, financial services and employment opportunities, often for the ...

A framework to understand women’s mobile-related safety concerns in low- and middle-income countries

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Pavati is a 20-year-old student living in New Delhi. She values her smartphone as a tool that increases her safety—when she goes out, she regularly shares her location with her friends via WhatsApp and whenever she feels uncomfortable she calls her friends or her family. ...

Accelerating Digital and Financial Inclusion for Women

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Mobile has the power to transform lives. It can help empower women, making them more connected and safer, and providing access to information, services and life-enhancing opportunities, such as health information and guidance, financial services and employment, often for the ...

Closing the mobile gender gap

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Mobile has the power to transform lives. In my role as Director General of the GSMA, I have seen firsthand how mobile can empower women by making them feel safer and more connected and by giving them access to information and life-enhancing opportunities, often for the first ...

W20 Argentina 2018 calls on the G20 member states to close the digital gender divide

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This week the Women 20 (W20) announced a series of recommendations to promote digital inclusion for women. The W20 is an official engagement group of the G20, advising the G20 on issues around gender equality and the economic empowerment of women, supporting the UN ...

Designing mobile experiences aimed at closing the gender gap

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This post was guest-authored by Smita Aggarwal, she is an Investments Director at the Impact Investing firm Omidyar Network where she supports innovative solutions that promote financial health and inclusion in India. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of ...

Mobile internet in Sri Lanka – The numbers do not add up

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Polite, peace loving and welcoming was my experience of the people of Sri Lanka when I had the opportunity to visit last summer. Sri Lanka is enjoying economic success relative to neighbouring states, reporting an impressive average growth of 6.2% GDP per annum. With a ...

Women continue to be left behind: Sizing the mobile gender gap in 2018

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GSMA Connected Women’s latest study reveals for the first time the magnitude of the gender gap in mobile internet use across low- and middle-income countries, as well as illustrating the persistent gender disparity in mobile ownership, and the barriers to ownership and use. ...

Blending tradition with digital finance innovation: a mobile group savings product in Chad – Part 2

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This is part 2 of a guest blog by Chloe Gueguen, former Market Insights Manager, GSMA Connected Women. Mobile money has shown its potential as a powerful catalyst for financial inclusion, yet, a gender gap persists. Part 2 of this blog provides recommendations for operators ...

Blending tradition with digital finance innovation: a mobile group savings product in Chad – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a guest blog by Chloe Gueguen, former Market Insights Manager, GSMA Connected Women. Mobile money has shown its potential as a powerful catalyst for financial inclusion, yet, a gender gap persists. Part 1 of this blog looks at a case study from Chad that ...

Mobile Money: Bringing financial inclusion to life for women in Ghana

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According to the Central Bank of Ghana, mobile money has experienced rapid growth since it was introduced in 2009, with registered accounts doubling to 40% in the year to 2016. However, there is still a gender gap in both mobile phone ownership of 16% and similarly mobile ...

A framework for mobile operators to close the gender gap

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What should mobile operators do to close the mobile gender gap? We have developed a framework to help operators take action on this important issue. This is based on our experience working with operators and researching women across Africa and Asia over a number of years. ...

Closing the gender gap in mobile money: A regulatory and policy outlook

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Mobile money is a key tool for women empowerment and can contribute to reducing the financial inclusion gender gap. As such, bridging the gender gap in mobile money1 is a priority and will be critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 5 ...

Digital and financial inclusion for women: Key themes at Mobile 360 – Africa 2017

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The 2017 Mobile 360 – Africa event took place from 11 – 13 July at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women not only emerged as key priorities throughout the event, but they were ...

Tigo Rwanda: Empowering women agents

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Tigo Rwanda committed to reduce the gender gap in their mobile money customer base by 2020 when they signed up to the GSMA Connected Women Commitment initiative. This blog looks at the Tigo Women Entrepreneurship Fund; one of the initiatives that Tigo Rwanda launched to help ...