The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022: Virtual Launch

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022: Virtual Launch

Start: Wednesday 15 June 2022 13:00

End: Wednesday 15 June 2022 14:00

Venue: LinkedIn Live

Join us for the launch of the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022 to hear the latest data and insights on the mobile gender gap across low- and middle-income countries. You’ll also learn how our partners are working tirelessly to improve digital and financial inclusion for women.

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of access to mobile and mobile internet. Access to mobile provides women with a range of opportunities to improve their lives, including information and services related to income generation, education, health, safety and personal well-being. These opportunities are even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect women.

Sizing the mobile gender gap and generating country-level data draws attention to this issue and provides key evidence to inform action, which is needed now more than ever. After years of progress towards women’s equal digital inclusion, we are now seeing a slowdown and, in some cases, a reversal. Significant and coordinated efforts are urgently needed to ensure that women do not continue to be disproportionately impacted by the ongoing pandemic and left behind in a more digitised society.

We look forward to discussing the latest research with you and hearing the perspectives of our partners as they share what they are doing, and what actions can be taken, to accelerate women’s digital inclusion.

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022 will be published on Wednesday 15 June here.


Welcome and Introduction
Dominica Lindsey, Senior Director, Connected Women, GSMA

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA


The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022
Presentation: Key findings from new research on the latest gender gap
Matt Shanahan, Insights Manager, Digital Inclusion, GSMA


Fireside Chat
Reactions to the findings of the report
Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA


Fireside Chat
Reactions to the findings of the report
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion, GSMA


Fireside Chat
Reactions to the findings of the report
Vishakha Saigal, Vice President & Head-Strategic Initiatives, Jio

Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion, GSMA


Closing Remarks
Dominica Lindsey, Senior Director, Connected Women, GSMA


Doreen Bogdan

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau in November 2018 and took office on 1 January 2019, and is the first woman in ITU history to hold one of the organization’s top elected management positions.

She is a strategic leader with more than 30 years’ high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations, and a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution. ​

She was an architect of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, the pre-eminent global event for digital policy-makers, and leads ITU’s contribution to the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. For more than a decade she has served as Executive Director of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and is leading ITU’s collaboration with UNICEF on the Giga project to connect all the world’s schools.

Ms Bogdan-Martin is a frequent speaker at top-level international policy events, and is spearheading ITU’s new Youth Strategy to more actively engage with the young people who are driving the next wave of digital transformation.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from the American University in Washington, DC and a post-graduate certificate in Strategies for Leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and is a Generation Unlimited Champion and a Champion of the EDISON Alliance led by the World Economic Forum. She serves on a number of advisory bodies, including the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative, the SDG Lab Advisory Board, the UN Technology Innovation Labs, and the Alumni Expert Council of the Internet Governance Lab of the American University in Washington D.C. She is also a qualified amateur radio operator.

Ms Bogdan-Martin is married with four children.

Mats Granryd

Director General, GSMA

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. He leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events.

He also serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development where he chairs the Working Group on Digital Gender Divide and he is a leader with The B Team. From 2016 to 2018, Mats was a Commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission.

Prior to GSMA, Mats was Tele2’s President and CEO as well as spending 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson.

Dominica Lindsey

Senior Director, Connected Women

Dominica is Senior Director for the Connected Women team. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2012, she worked with a diverse range of private and non-profit organisations, supporting them with strategy, research, implementation and project management. Dominica spent five years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, working with clients in the financial, charity, healthcare, media, consumer goods and energy sectors. She has also worked for VisionFund International and Shell’s Future Fuels team. Prior to this she founded a wedding and events business and competed internationally as part of the British Sailing Team.

Dominica graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management.

Vishakha Saigal

Vice President & Head-Strategic Initiatives, Regulatory Policy & Research, Reliance Jio

Ms Vishakha Saigal is the Vice President & Head- Strategic Initiatives, Regulatory Policy & Research at Reliance Jio.

She has around 14 years of experience across telecom and technology sectors including extensive management consulting and business advisory experience with firms such as Ernst & Young and IBM. She has worked on a large number of consulting assignments across different geographies and multiple sectors/domains such as education, health care, IT and telecom.

Her areas of expertise include business strategy, market assessment and research, regulatory policy, programme management, business development, performance improvement, cost optimisation, IT transformation, commercial due-diligence and managed services advisory.

In her current role at Jio, Vishakha has been driving important strategic programs and digital initiatives with various government organisations as well as other prominent establishments. Her areas of responsibility also include policy advocacy, research on emerging technologies and global regulatory frameworks and business development support for key strategic accounts.

Vishakha is an ardent advocate for gender equality in the digital world and has been driving important initiatives targeted towards bridging the digital gender divide.

Vishakha has done her MBA with a specialisation in Systems and Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management and holds a degree in Engineering (B.E) from Mumbai University.

Sima Sami Bahous

Executive Director, UN Women

Ms. Sima Sami Bahous became UN Women’s third Executive Director on 30 September 2021. A champion for women and girls, gender equality, and youth empowerment, as well as a keen advocate for quality education, poverty alleviation, and inclusive governance, Ms. Bahous brings to the position more than 35 years of leadership experience at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels, coupled with expertise in advancing women’s empowerment and rights, addressing discrimination and violence, and promoting sustainable socio-economic development towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Bahous most recently served as Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations in New York. Prior to this position, she served as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme from 2012 to 2016 and Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Development Sector at the League of Arab States, from 2008 to 2012.

She has also served in two ministerial posts in Jordan as President of the Higher Media Council from 2005 to 2008 and as Adviser to King Abdullah II from 2003 to 2005. She was Media Adviser and Director of Communication for the Royal Hashemite Court from 2001 to 2003, Acting Executive Director for the King Hussein Foundation from 2000 to 2001 and Executive Director of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation from 1998 to 2001. She also worked for UNICEF and with a number of United Nations and civil society organizations, and taught development and communication studies at different universities in Jordan.

Ms. Bahous holds a PhD in mass communication and development from Indiana University, United States, a Master of Arts in literature and drama from Essex University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Jordan University. She is fluent in Arabic and English, and proficient in French.

Matt Shanahan

Insights Manager

Matt is an Insights Analyst working in the Connected Women team. He is supporting the team across their analytical work, in particular on the annual GSMAi Consumer Survey, and the analysis of mobile operator transactional data. Prior to joining at the GSMA, Matt worked in Debt Capital Markets at Société Générale as a Trainee Analyst. He helped consult corporate clients on structuring sustainable debt funding profiles and providing regular market research. Matt holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick where he also undertook technical consulting work on a renewable energy project in rural Uganda, driving the provision of low-cost, sustainable energy to off-grid communities.

Claire Sibthorpe

Head of Connected Women and Connected Society

Claire is Head of Digital Inclusion in the Mobile for Development (M4D) team at GSMA. She leads the Connected Women and Connected Society programmes which are focused on accelerating digital inclusion for the underserved in low- and middle-income countries. Connected Women has a specific focus on accelerating digital and financial inclusion for women.

Claire has been working for over 25 years with public, private and international development organisations on social policy and service delivery with a focus on information and communications technology (ICT) policy and practice. She has developed, managed and implemented programmes in Africa, Asia and the UK. Claire holds an MSc in Social Research Methods (2012) and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries (1997) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).