Cherie Blair

Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Feb 19, 2010
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GSMA, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Vital Wave Consulting, women, mobile ownership, access to telecommunications, poverty, gender gap
Publication Date: 
Feb 2010
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper


Mobile phone ownership in low and middle-income countries has skyrocketed in the past several years. But a woman is still 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man. This figure increases to 23% if she lives in Africa, 24% if she lives in the Middle East, and 37% if she lives in South Asia. Closing this gender gap would bring the benefits of mobile phones to an additional 300 million women. By extending the benefits of mobile phone ownership to more women, a host of social and economic goals can be advanced.

Mobile phone ownership provides distinct benefits to women, including improved access to educational, health, business and employment opportunities. Women surveyed across low and middle-income countries on three continents believe that a mobile phone helps them lead a more secure, connected and productive life.