The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020

There remains a substantial mobile gender gap across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Over 300 million fewer women than men access the internet on a mobile, and women are 8% less likely than men to own a mobile phone. But the mobile internet gender gap is narrowing in LMICs. Although women remain 20% less likely than men to use mobile internet, this represents a reduction from 27% in 2017, and 54% of women now use mobile internet.

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020 examines how the mobile gender gap is changing quickly in LMICs, revealing how the main factors preventing women’s equal mobile ownership and internet use are evolving over time, and demonstrating how mobile usage is quickly expanding as smartphone ownership rises.

Findings from this report are based on the results of over 16,000 face-to-face surveys commissioned by GSMA Intelligence across 15 low- and middle-income countries, and subsequent modelling and analysis of this survey data.

 

Regional Resources

The Mobile Gender Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has one of the widest mobile gender gaps of any region. While the mobile gender gap is higher in South Asia, considerably less progress has been made in SSA than in South Asia in the last three years.

The Mobile Gender Gap in Asia

The mobile gender gap varies greatly across Asia. South Asia has the largest mobile gender gap of any region worldwide, while the most digitally mature LMICs in East Asia & Pacific have more equal levels of mobile ownership and use. South Asia has driven most of the reductions in the mobile internet gender gap. Over 78 million more women have come online in South Asia in the last three years, while in other regions, considerably less progress has been made.

Figure 1

Gender gap in mobile ownership in low- and middle-income
countries, by region
Base: Total adult population


Gender Gap 2020 - Mobile Ownership

Source: GSMA Intelligence, 2019
Based on survey results and modelled data for adults aged 18+.

Figure 2

Gender gap in mobile internet use in low- and middle-income
countries, by region
Base: Total adult population


Gender Gap 2020 - Mobile Use

Source: GSMA Intelligence, 2019
Based on survey results and modelled data for adults aged 18+.


Watch the recording of our recent webinar, ‘Understanding the Mobile Gender Gap in 2020’, in which Oliver Rowntree, Senior Insights Manager for the Connected Women programme and author of the report, shares the key findings, analysis and recommendations.

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