Read how mobile operators are working to reduce the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money services.
In an increasingly connected world, women are being left behind. Research by the GSMA Connected Women programme estimates there are 197 million fewer women than men who own a mobile phone in low- and middle-income countries. There are even more significant gender gaps in mobile internet and mobile money services, which prevent women from reaping the full benefits of mobile phone ownership.
Closing the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money services is critically important and can deliver significant socio-economic benefits to underserved women and the mobile industry. If mobile operators could close these gender gaps in low- and middle-income countries by 2023, this would provide an estimated additional $140 billion in revenue to the mobile industry over the next five years. When women thrive, societies, businesses and economies thrive.
Mobile operators are driving an effort to reduce the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money. They are making formal Commitments to increase the proportion of women in their mobile internet and/or mobile money customer base by 2020.
Below you can see our mobile operator commitment partners who have already made a GSMA Connected Women commitment. Please click on their logos to find out more.
Connected Women Commitment Partners
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw9.png" text="Airtel-Tigo Ghana"] Airtel-Tigo Ghana has committed to increase the proportion of women in their Tigo cash customer base by 2020. “Since the 2011 launch, our award-winning mobile money wallet, Tigo Cash, has made a significant contribution to Ghanaians, mostly the unbanked and SMEs. We believe in empowering Ghanaian women, and through the Connected Women initiative, we will be supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to achieve gender equality. "We also believe that Tigo Cash will enable women entrepreneurs to experience the benefits of mobile financial services – providing Digital and Financial Inclusion. We need more women to adapt to mobile financial services in the country. Empowering them to grow their businesses will reduce poverty and aid the country’s economic growth.”
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw11.png" text="Airtel-Tigo Rwanda"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Airtel-Tigo Rwanda has committed to increase the proportion of women in their mobile money customer base in Rwanda from 39 per cent to 45 per cent by 2020.
BRIDGING THE MOBILE MONEY GENDER GAP IN RWANDA“When Tigo Rwanda signed the Connected Women Commitment Initiative early last year it was because we believed that increasing the number of women using Mobile Financial Services would in turn allow them to improve their quality of life, that of their families and that of their communities. As part of our GSMA commitments, on 8, March we launched the $65,000 Tigo Women Entrepreneurship Fund. This Fund, which aims to provide startup capital to more than 300 women from across the country to open mobile money businesses, is linked to two key principles – outreach and sustainability. We see these principles as critical to developing sound financial inclusion capable of serving rural communities and enabling women to improve their economic activities and livelihoods”.
Airtel-Tigo Rwanda is committed to increasing the number of women using mobile financial services from 39 per cent of total users to 45 per cent by 2020. Women take on a significant amount of responsibility for their families’ financial management, including, emergency payments, remittances and daily domestic management; in fact women direct up to 90 per cent of their income to their families and communities. Increasing women access to mobile financial services will in turn allow them to improve their quality of life, that of their families’ and that of their communities. Airtel-Tigo Rwanda's target is to deliver financial inclusion across the country and we cannot achieve this without women. Read our blog post on how Airtel-Tigo Rwanda is empowering women agents.
EMPOWERING WOMEN AGENTSResearch has highlighted that lack of trust in digital financial services was because of the level of customer service the women were getting from male agents. The Tigo Women Entrepreneurship fund was set up to recruit, train and offer initial funding to women so that they could become Tigo Cash agents. To date, Airtel-Tigo Rwanda has empowered over 70 women as Tigo cash agents and the impact on the women’s lives and businesses is beginning to show. Airtel-Tigo Rwanda targets to have more than 1,200 women as agents within 2017. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4mZcqsPVM8s"]
Dialog Axiata PLC
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw16.png" text="Dialog Axiata PLC"] Dialog Axiata supports the GSMA’s Connected Women initiative by committing to increase the percentage of women using mobile internet and mobile money services within its subscriber base.
“Dialog has always been at the forefront of driving connectivity in the country. We always see connectivity, as a means of bridging the divide, be it the poverty gap or the education gap. In this particular challenge that we are looking at — bridging the digital divide in women — we see that women have access to unlocking larger opportunities for the communities. This challenge and the opportunity have been recognised by governments to drive education. It is very important to have women with us to enable digitisation and to unlock growth in our economies because they are the key enablers of growth and of societies within our ecosystem.” — Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dialog Axiata.
DIALOG’S APPROACH AND INITIATIVESSince its inception, Dialog Axiata has developed and practiced a Philosophy of Inclusion. This philosophy is firmly ingrained in the company’s core values that ultimately translate into sustainable and responsible business models. The company’s 4As Philosophy of service Availability, Affordability, Applicability and Affinity is an extension of its inclusion strategy, which recognises the importance of supporting traditionally marginalized groups to gain access to digital and mobile money services by minimising entry barriers. As the number one mobile service provider in the country, Dialog Axiata acknowledges the numerous significant roles women play in society. However, society tends to overlook their immense and valuable contribution, and they are often marginalised due to lack of self-advocacy and their selfless nature; always putting others’ needs before their own. The company firmly believes that it is of utmost importance to help women improve their lives by increasing their access to digital and financial services because when women are educated and empowered, the social and economic benefits are felt throughout the community. Dialog Axiata’s sustainability initiatives are backed by continuous research that helps to develop well-informed strategies. This research highlighted the marked differences in the ways that men and women consume services, confirming that a generic strategy doesn’t always produce the best results. This has resulted in the company striving to break any entry barriers faced by women by taking an inclusive approach to relevant products and services. One example is the 5-Star Partner Programme designed to extend the company’s reach in rural areas. A community study revealed that women in Sri Lanka — particularly those in the more rural, conservative areas — feel more comfortable approaching and interacting with female rather than male retailers with regards to mobile-related queries and activities. To break this barrier, the programme integrates women into the rural retail chain by providing them with the necessary knowledge and training and thereby increasing women’s accessibility to mobile services. ‘Secret Code’ is yet another service designed to break barriers for women. It was developed to provide customers — especially females — the much needed confidentiality when using their personal mobile number during reloads or third party Star Points transactions. Another example is the launch of an island-wide ICT awareness programme targeting rural women. This is directly linked to the GSMA Connected Women initiative and aims to reduce the gender gap in mobile and internet usage in the country. The programme, conducted via a series of workshops, intends to educate women on the benefits of using the internet for personal development and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as cyber safety. This is directly linked to the GSMA Connected Women initiative and aims to reduce the gender gap in mobile and internet usage in the country. The programme, conducted via a series of workshops, intends to educate women on the benefits of using the internet for personal development and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as cyber safety. In an effort to minimise the digital divide faced by women, and make products and services more relevant to them, Dialog Axiata launched the first ever portal dedicated to women. The portal offers access to a myriad of services relevant to women such as health tips, diet & lifestyle tips and emergency alerts —an innovative service which allows one to alert a group of trusted loved ones during an emergency. Agriculture is an important sector in the Sri Lankan economy making it a significant source of employment. Dialog Axiata recognized the need to support the local farming community and launched the ‘Govi Mithuru’ service in 2015, to share information via mobiles regarding land preparation, cultivation, crop protection and harvesting. The service was made relevant to women too by including customised and timely advice regarding home gardening, improved family nutrition and other related topics. [video youtube ="<iframe https://www.youtube.com/embed/AiseeAHm1qE"]
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi)
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Digi-banner-resized1.jpg" text="Digi Telecommunications
Sdn Bhd (Digi)"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Digi has committed to increase the proportion of women in their mobile internet customer base in Malaysia from 42 per cent to 47 per cent by 2020. Bridging the digital gender gap will help ensure these women can be active participants and contributors in the digital economy.
“Digi is happy to partner with the GSMA in a collective effort to bring mobile connectivity to more women globally. In Malaysia, 6 million women have yet to access the internet, and bridging the digital gender gap will help ensure these women can be active participants and contributors in the digital economy. We hope to see every Malaysian woman connected and empowered because we believe these efforts will cause a socio-economic ripple effect for the betterment of families, communities and society at large. In support of the GSMA’s Connected Women initiative, we commit to increasing the proportion of women in our mobile internet customer base in Malaysia from 42 per cent to 47 per cent by 2020.” Albern Murty, Chief Executive Officer of Digi Telecommunications in Malaysia
DIGI'S WANITA ERA DIGITAL INITIATIVEThe Digi Wanita Era Digital initiative helps address the common barriers of women going digital by introducing them to basic, safe usage of smart devices and the internet, along with good reasons to use them. Digi’s ambition is to see every Malaysian woman connected and empowered.
[video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Ir_otgB8-Y"] Watch the video to discover how the Digi Wanita Era Digital initiative, in partnership with the Malaysian government, is training women on how to use mobile internet and how it can be used to improve their lives and their businesses.
[video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kJP8S3_8io4"] Learn how the Digi Wanita Era Digital Initiative has helped Madam Maszni’s shoe production business in Malacca to reach more customers.
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw17.png" text="Indosat Ooredoo"] As part of the GSMA's Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Indosat Ooredo has comitted to increase the proportion of women in their mobile internet customer base in Indonesia from 40 per cent to 43 per cent by 2020.
“The telecommunication industry has played an important role in the development of Indonesia’s economy over the last few years. Currently, Indonesia has 278 million mobile phone users — surpassing the number of our own population, over 250 million people — however the number of women access to mobile internet is only 13 million to date. We believe that empowering women through mobile connectivity can increase the welfare of Indonesia’s society. Many studies reference women is key for development of society. Indosat Ooredoo support GSMA’s Connected Women initiative, by committing to increase women access to mobile internet from 40 per cent to 43 per cent by 2020. With strong vision to become the leading digital telco in Indonesia, we believe Indosat Ooredoo can reach this goal” Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO, Indosat Ooredoo
EMPOWERING INDONESIAN WOMEN[video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mWitYolnDj0"] The Women Connected to Mobile Internet initiative helps women in Indonesia to reap the full potential of mobile internet, by empowering them with the right skillsets to become business leaders in the digital economy. Indosat Ooredoo believes that empowering women through mobile connectivity can increase the welfare of Indonesia’s society.
Mobitel Sri Lanka
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw1.png" text="Mobitel Sri Lanka"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Mobitel has committed to increase the proportion of women in its mobile internet customer base in Sri Lanka from 31 % to 45% by 2020. Mobitel has also committed to increase the proportion of women in its money customer base in Sri Lanka from 26% to 40% by 2020.
“Mobitel Sri Lanka is dedicated to ensuring that women are able to access the full advantages of mobile connectivity. Addressing the mobile gender gap will benefit not just women but Sri Lankan society and the wider economy. We are proud to be supporting the GSMA Connected Women Commitment Initiative. We have committed to increase the proportion of women in our mobile internet customer base from 31 % to 45% by the year 2020 and in our mobile money customer base from 26% to 40% by the year 2020. This dual pledge will enable women to have access to finance and information that will have transformational benefits for their lives as well as those of their families and wider communities.“ Ms. Jean Fernandez, Senior General Manager – Customer Care, Mobitel [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iXCUirQjE4c"]
MOBITEL’S TAILORED SERVICES FOR WOMENMobitel has embarked on a number of initiatives to accelerate women’s mobile phone use, specifically in the areas of health, finance, education and entrepreneurship. These include: Liyasara Portal The first ever tariff plan created for women in Sri Lanka, Liyasara is a special package created to empower women. Content rich the Liyasara portal was designed to allow easy access to information on Child Psychology, Cerebral Palsy, Maternal Health, New Born Health and Cancer. The platform provides a complete voice based resource for new expectant mothers with weekly information on foetal development. Kantha Saviya This financial literacy project focused on mobile learning methods, helping women in farming communities improve their quality of life and add value to their daily work. 800 women from two rural farming communities were given access to a new concept which would otherwise have been unavailable. Connect to Learn Initiative Mobitel worked in partnership with Ericsson Sri Lanka, the Open University Sri Lanka (OUSL) and the Commonwealth of Learning to launch this initiative, which aims to enhance the computer literacy of young girls across Sri Lanka, empowering them by providing new learning and employment opportunities.
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw18.png" text="MTN Ghana"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, MTN Ghana has committed to increase the proportion of women in their mobile money customer base to 45% by 2020. MTN Ghana is currently running several initiatives to drive adoption and usage of mobile money among women; a key focus is tapping into existing sectors where women are already active participants. We are targeting female fishmongers along the coast, market women, beauticians, dressmakers, and other women associations to register and use mobile money for financial transactions, savings, and access to micro-insurance and micro-loans. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LgibkOMUYNc"] “We at MTN Mobile Money are elated to be part of the GSMA Connected Women Initiative. Globally, females make up a little over half of the world’s population, but their contribution to economic activity and well-being is far below its potential, resulting in socio-economic consequences. Women play a pivotal role in contributing to the growth of the economy, and we are therefore committed to ensuring that we bridge the gap in women participation in financial services.” Eli Hini – General Manager, Mobile Financial Service [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/https://youtu.be/embed/7QNCHFJm454"]
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Banner-Image-resized.jpg" text="Ooredoo Maldives"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Ooredoo Maldives has committed to increase the proportion of women with access to mobile internet and mobile money.
“Ooredoo Maldives commits to increasing the number of women who benefit from mobile internet and mobile money services. Ooredoo strongly believes that being connected has a positive socio-economic impact and empowers society as a whole. We aim to extend these opportunities to all women in the Maldives, ensuring that they too have access to the extraordinary benefits of mobile technology. The company continues to encourage women to use mobile technology through initiatives such as the Smart Ideas for Women challenge. This initiative aims to highlight challenges faced by women in local communities and creates awareness on how mobile technology can provide smart solutions to these issues. Modern technologies have had a profound impact in enriching people’s lives and creating new opportunities for growth. However, a large percentage of women across the world are deprived of these possibilities due to challenges in accessing and using mobile phones and mobile internet. We are pleased to support GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment, with the aim of closing this digital gap and extending the opportunities of mobile technologies to all women in the Maldives, ensuring that they too can reap its remarkable benefits for economic and social development.” Vikram Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Maldives
Orange Cote D’Ivoire
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw2.png" text="Orange Cote D’Ivoire"] As part of GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment initiative, Orange Cote d’Ivoire has made a commitment to increase the proportion of women in its Orange Money customer base by 5 percentage points by 2020. Orange Cote d’Ivoire is proud to partner with GSMA Connected Women in a collective effort to connect women around the world. Following the commitment by Orange Côte d’Ivoire to reduce the gender gap in their mobile money customer base by 2020, GSMA Connected Women went to Côte d’Ivoire to ask women about their experiences using Orange Mobile Money. Watch this video to hear the stories of women who are using mobile money to improve their lives. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sj4NaXZDt80"]
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw3.png" text="Robi Axiata"] Robi Axiata Limited, a mobile phone operator serving over 32 million people in Bangladesh, has been a key partner of the government as it proceeds towards the vision of a Digital Bangladesh. Following the introduction of 3G service back in 2013, the country has observed rapid growth in internet usage. 38.6% of the population can now access the internet and around 95% of these people use mobile handsets. However, it it is estimated that only 20% of internet users in the country are female. Robi has sought to address this digital divide by becoming the first mobile phone operator in Bangladesh to sign up to GSMA’s Connected Women Initiative. As part of the commitment, Robi is delivering a number of initiatives specifically designed to increase the proportion of female data users across its network. A Digital Bangladesh can only be delivered by ensuring that everyone, male or female, has equal access to the internet. Robi believes that addressing this divide will have a direct impact on the socio-economic development of the country. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2fR98e4TIqI"] As a signatory to GSMA Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Robi commits to reduce the digital divide by taking the share of female internet users on its network from 20 per cent at present, to more than 30 per cent by the year 2020. Robi will work towards enhancing the digital literacy of women across the country, increase smartphone penetration among its female mobile subscribers and develop more female focussed mobile content. Robi has already delivered a number of community engagement programmes that will encourage women to get connected to the internet. These programmes include; an online safety campaign, Wi-Fi access points in one thousand places and a special bundle offer for working women. Robi strongly believes that this project will enable women across the country to further contribute towards building a better society and a stronger economy.
“As a Group committed to the acceleration of the digital economy, Axiata welcomes the work of the GSMA Connected Women programme to bridge the mobile gender gap. There is much more operators can do to encourage gender diversity and increase women’s ownership and use of mobile phones. Improved access to mobile services opens up possibilities for women and girls in education, healthcare, enterprise and business. As such, Axiata supports initiatives for greater gender inclusion and equal opportunities in all the markets where we operate.” Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim Managing Director/President & Group Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Group Berhad
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw5.png" text="Safaricom PLC"] As part of the Connected Women Programme's Commitment Partner initiative, Safaricom has committed to increase the number of women who use their mobile money service from 45% to 50% and their data services from 43% to 50% by 2020.
[video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WqmHaCINd30"] “At Safaricom, we believe that a more equitable and just society is not possible if all members are not present. In line with SDG 5, we make a deliberate effort to celebrate our women by appreciating their economic, political and social contribution to society. Most importantly, we work to empower all girls and women to achieve their best, by providing equal employment and commercial opportunities, as well as easy access to tools and services that will improve their well-being. A large proportion of women speak of the transformative effect of a mobile phone as a source of information, a way to access new markets and a tool to save time in business operations. That is why we are pleased to be part of the GSMA’s Connected Woman Initiative. We commit to increase the number of women who use our transformative mobile money service from 45% to 50% and data services (mobile internet) from 43% to 50% by 2020. We strongly believe that when you empower a woman, you empower a community and that this is critical to accelerating global sustainable development and boosting shared prosperity.” Charles Wanjohi, Director, Consumer Business Unit Customer Life Stories In June 2018, Safaricom, in partnership with Google, introduced Neon Kicka 4, the first Android (Go edition) device in Kenya and the most affordable smartphone to ever be sold in the market. Click on the links below to hear from Neon Kicka customers, who explain how access to a smartphone and mobile internet has improved their lives.
Sonatel (Orange Senegal)
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw4.png" text="Sonatel (Orange Senegal)"] “Orange Money Senegal is proud of its commitment alongside the GSMA Connected Women in order to promote the inclusion of women in the digital world, and in particular to support them in the use of digital financial services. We commit to increase the proportion of female active customer in our Orange Money base by 7 percentage points from 2017 to 2020. We are convinced that the daily life of African women can be greatly improved by new sources of financing and group savings, and adapted money transfer and payment services. At Orange Money, we are committed to supporting women on the path to financial self-sufficiency and inclusive emergence” Aminata Kane Ndiaye – Head of Marketing Orange Money Sénégal “Orange Money Sénégal est fier de son engagement aux côtés de GSMA pour le projet Connected Women », afin de favoriser l’inclusion des femmes dans le monde digital, et plus particulièrement pour les accompagner sur l’utilisation des services financiers digitalisés. Nous nous engageons à augmenter la proportion de femmes au sein de notre clientèle active Orange Money de 7 points de pourcentage de 2017 à 2020. Nous sommes convaincus que le quotidien des femmes africaines peut considérablement s’améliorer grâce à de nouvelles sources de financement et d’épargne collective, et à des services adaptés de transfert d’argent et de paiement. Chez Orange Money, nous nous engageons à accompagner les femmes sur la voie de l’autonomie financière et de l’émergence inclusive”. Aminata Kane Ndiaye Directrice Marketing Orange Money Sénégal
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw6.png" text="Telenor Pakistan" ] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Telenor Pakistan has made a two-pronged commitment that includes increasing the proportion of women in its mobile internet customer base from 40% to 48%, and mobile money customer base from 10% to 15% by 2020 in Pakistan.
“Telenor Pakistan is proud to partner with the GSMA in a collective effort to connect women around the world. In Pakistan, over 51% of the population is women and as one of the largest digital services providers in the country, we deem it our responsibility to act to create gender parity in our customer base.We are committed to bring the benefits of telecom and digital technology to women in Pakistan to empower them to support their families, consequently contributing to the socio-economic prosperity of the country at large. Our endorsement of the GSMA’s Connected Women initiative comes with the commitment to increase the proportion of women in our mobile internet customer base from 40% to 48%, and mobile money customer base from 10% to 15% by 2020.” Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan
INCLUSION INITIATIVESPakistan’s first branchless banking service, Easypaisa, has collaborated with the Government of Pakistan for programs including the transparent and timely disbursements of monthly social and educational stipend entitlements to women living in rural areas with no access to formal financial services. The following video tells the story of a beneficiary who has been able to continue her education by virtue of the education stipend distributed through Easypaisa in remote area of Sindh province, Pakistan. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/erw9yeyvAiU"]
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw7.png" text="Tigo Chad"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo Chad have made commitments in both mobile internet and mobile money. They have committed to increase the proportion of women connected to the Internet from 5% to 10% and that of women using electronic money “Tigo Cash” from 1% to 10% by the year 2020. “Like the GSMA Tigo Chad is committed to the critical role of women in the sustainable development of all countries. Currently too many women are excluded from accessing the internet or electronic money, due to external factors such as illiteracy, low purchasing power or adverse social pressure. We have a strong historic record in addressing this issue through a range of initiatives such as training, special offers and discounted rates. Our decision to sign the GSMA Connected Women initiative builds on this strong record and underlines our commitment to ensure digital and financial inclusion for all Chadian women.” Papa Sow, General Manager, Tigo Chad
Tigo El Salvador
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw8.png" text="Tigo El Salvador"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo El Salvador has committed to increase the proportion of women in their Mobile Internet customer base in El Salvador from 48% to 50% by 2020. TIGO El Salvador is committed to equalize the use of the Internet among its male and female clients by 2020. To achieve this, TIGO will implement initiatives to contribute to the closing of the digital and financial gap in the country. One of such initiatives is “Salvadorans connected for development” which aims to train approximately 100,000 women in how to use the Internet in their daily lives, including awareness of the risks of using the Internet for children and young people, and how to use Tigo Money, as a mobile electronic wallet, for their empowerment.
The project, in which TIGO will invest $ 112,000 from 2017 to 2020, has two main executors: El Salvador del Mundo Foundation (FUSALMO) and World Vision. With the support of FUSALMO, more than 35,000 mothers, heads of households and community leaders will be trained through Corporate Responsibility programs that TIGO is driving at a national level. The NGO World Vision will train 56,000 women from all over the country, starting in 2017 with 9 municipalities (San Julián, Guaymango, Jujutla, Acajutla, Caluco, Armenia, Tepetitán, San Francisco Menéndez and Soyapango) where they have presence with their programs. This initiative will also be supported with strategic business actions, such as increasing the penetration of Tigo Shop among women, a digital channel aimed to facilitate balance check and purchase of internet packages. As well, as increasing the penetration of smartphones among women. The launching event of the initiative “Salvadorean women connected for development” along with the GSMA Connected Women Commitment took place in January 10th 2017 in the presence of government officials, the Sweedish Ambassador and some women who are participating in the training program. Read more here.
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw10.png" text="Tigo Guatemala"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo Guatemala has committed to design strategies aiming to increase the proportion of women in their Mobile Internet customer base in Guatemala from 46% to 50% by 2020. To reach this goal, Tigo works in partnership with SHEVA, an organization that is dedicated to teach girls and women on how to use the internet and mobile tools to improve their lives, this through three focus areas: entrepreneurship, education and personal growth. The initiative targets economically active women between the ages of 15 and 40. “Women are a fundamental pillar for the development of societies. This type of initiative allows us to empower them and put technological tools at their disposal, in order to help them and their families have a better future.” Melanie Reimers, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Tigo Guatemala Read more about how the Tigo Guatemala and SHEVA partnership is empowering young women in this EduMe blog.
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw12.png" text="Tigo Senegal"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo Senegal has committed to increase the proportion of women with access to mobile money. Women are important economic players across Africa and Tigo Senegal is committed to helping them better structure their activities, and support them as they grow their businesses. Increasing access to Tigo Cash will help women secure their money, easily manage transfers and better track their transactions.
“Women play a significant role in the economies of the countries we operate in and we are dedicated to simplifying their lives giving them security and convenience. We want to enable them to manage and grow their businesses, it is for this reason that we are delighted to support the GSMA Connected Women programme“. Diego Camberos, CEO
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw13.png" text="Tigo Tanzania"] As part of the GSMA's Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Tigo Tanzania has committed to increase the proportion of women in their mobile money customer base to 40% by 2020.
Tigo Tanzania is the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, distinguished as a fully-fledged digital lifestyle brand. At Tigo, creating positive change is part of our DNA as we bring the digital lifestyle to our customers and communities. We take our responsibilities to the countries and communities in which we work very seriously and strive to deliver positive social impact in our communities. Our road map for 2016 and beyond takes us towards wider digital and financial inclusion, social investment, among other objectives. It is because of this that we signed the Connected Women Initiative and have committed to increase the proportion of women in our mobile money customer base, as we belief that this is critical in driving financial inclusion for women. Tigo Tanzania has several initiatives planned to reach more women in the country. One such initiative is the Connected Women/Dreams project in partnership with JHPIEGO an “international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University”. The main objectives of this initiative is to empower women and girls through financial and digital inclusion, women are empowered to own mobile phones and begin to use TigoPesa and able to manage their own finances. It is through this and other initiatives that we are excited to have increased the proportion of women in our mobile money customer base by 2% since signing our commitment and we move closer to realizing our 2020 target.
“Financial inclusion is engraved in our road map for 2016 and beyond and we know that for our businesses and communities to thrive, we must include women as they form close to 50% of the population. It’s for this reason that Tigo Tanzania has committed to increase the proportion of women in our mobile money customer base to 40% by 2020.” Tigo Tanzania, Managing Director, Mr Simon Karikari
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw14.png" text="Turkcell"] Turkcell has made a commitment to increase the proportion of women in their mobile internet customer base in Turkey. This will help in closing the notable mobile internet gender gap in the country. Connected Women field research released last year revealed that a larger proportion of female mobile phone owners in Turkey reported never having used mobile internet – 37% vs. 28% of male phone owners. Since signing the Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Turkcell has grown the number of its female mobile internet users from 3.8 million users to 4.6 million users.
“At Turkcell, creating equal opportunities for women is one of our top priorities and we have run a large number of projects around this area. We are dedicated to providing telecommunication and technology services that meet the needs of every segment of our society. We commit to improving mobile data use among women which will contribute significantly to our efforts of facilitating and enriching our customers’ lives. We have long been dedicated to the improving female inclusion and have delivered a wide range of projects covering a range of issues from women’s economic inclusion to girls’ education. Our core business is designed to provide communication and technology services in a way that meets the needs of women, and also provides relevant content and benefits through digital media. We are proud to be a part of this initiative which unites companies around a goal which has long been central to our service approach.” Dilara Demir Kısakürek – Brand Management & Communications Director, Turkcell
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cw15.png" text="Vodacom Tanzania"] In developing countries like Tanzania, women run most small businesses and they often do this long before having basic information, such as bookkeeping and accounting. We at Vodacom believe that equipping women with mobile financial tools will empower them and help them become more successful as they gain access to business tools and learn new ways of doing business, consequently improving their lives. Research has shown that in many developing nations, women play a key role in contributing to the economic welfare of families. Hence, empowering women through financial literacy by means of tools, skills and knowledge can greatly improve their overall well-being as well as have a significant effect on the greater society, economy and country as a whole.
"Vodacom Tanzania is pleased to be part of the GSMA Connected Women Initiative. We are committed to increase the number of women using Vodacom M-Pesa from 32% to 40% by 2020. This commitment is in line with Vodacom Group’s target to connect 50 million women in emerging markets by 2020." Hisham Hendi- Acting Managing Director
Vodacom Tanzania has rolled out a number of initiatives to help us deliver on our commitment, including M-Pawa – our micro credit and micro savings product – which has made it possible for over 3 million users to have access to micro loans through our mobile platform; men and women who would have otherwise remained unbanked. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rFYXFFP5kI"] [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed//-TIxiVMlKTQ"]
Vodafone Idea Limited
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Vodafone-Idea-Hero-Image3.png" text="Vodafone Idea Limited"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Vodafone Idea Limited has committed to increase the proportion of women in their mobile money customer base and in their mobile internet customer base by 2020 in India. Vodafone's Initiatives India has over a billion mobile connections and almost half of the population is women. Yet, fewer than 18% of mobile subscribers are women. Furthermore, women in India are less likely than men to have access to a smartphone and most women use a feature phone or a basic phone. Vodafone Sakhi, a first-of-its kind mobile-based safety service, is designed exclusively for women. A variety of features including Emergency Alerts, Emergency Balance and Private Number Recharge provide free safety measures through the mobile connection to women customers using Vodafone pre-paid and post-paid services across the country. It works on all types of mobile phones, even without any balance or mobile internet. Empowering Women in India Research in India has highlighted that safety is a huge concern for women. Vodafone Idea launched Sakhi to respond to women’s needs and enhance their agency. To date, Sakhi has reached millions of women across India. Analysis of customers data pre- and post-Sakhi adoption shows that, compared to non-subscribers, Sakhi subscribers have higher loyalty to Vodafone and higher average revenue per user. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jq5WUPcLaKg"] “Safety and security of women is a burning issue in this country and this makes for a very compelling case as to how we could look at using technology to secure the safety of women and empower them so they feel confident as they step out of their houses.” - Avneesh Khosla, Operations Director - Marketing, Vodafone Idea Limited Click here to download the Vodafone Sakhi case study.
[heroimage image="/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Myanmar-CP-Page-Header2.png" text="WAVE MONEY"] As part of the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, Wave Money has committed to increase the proportion of women in their Mobile Money customer base in Myanmar. Since launch, Wave Money has grown an agent network over 49,000 agents across all 14 states of Myanmar, covering over 89% of the country. There are Wave shops in 293 out of the total 330 townships, covering 85% of rural Myanmar. In comparison to the traditional bank branch and ATM networks of approximately 2,100 and 3,300 respectively, the Wave Money agent network is the largest financial services network in the country. [video youtube="https://www.youtube.com/embed/02sElTFP894"] While traditional banks open five days a week from 9am until 3pm, Wave shops are open every day from early until late. For most people, it is not possible to go to the bank during the day, but thanks to Mobile Money and Wave shops, customers can send and receive money at a time that is convenient for them. Customers appreciate having financial services available at their local mom n pop shops. Most agents are known by their customers which has contributed significantly to the uptake of Mobile Money. Customers feel comfortable asking questions about the service and do not feel intimidated by a large institutional brand. Instead, Wave agents give Mobile Money a friendly, familiar face. Shwe Toe - Financial Education Gamification App Wave Money and The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), runs Shwe Toe, a unique financial education mobile app aimed at increasing financial literacy for women in Myanmar. This app aims to contribute to the achievement of Myanmar’s Financial Inclusion goals.