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Connected Women - The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019

Connected Women - The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019

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SUMMARY

This GSMA report on the mobile gender gap explains that women's phone ownership has seen a significant rise in low and middle-income markets since 2014. 

The number of women who own a mobile phone has gone up by more than 250 million. However, 80% of women in those countries do not have a mobile phone, the paper notes. On the other hand, the mobile gender gap is still obvious, as there are 197 million men more than own a mobile phone compared to women.

Mobile is the first means of Internet access in those countries. However, 313 million fewer women than men connect to the Internet via mobile phones, the paper adds.

The study also examined the geographical differences and found that the mobile gender gap is more significant in South East Asia, where women are 28% less likely to have a mobile phone than men. The barriers to mobile ownership are affordability, literacy and digital skills, as well as a perceived lack of relevance, and safety and security issues.

Regardless of mobile ownership, when women have a mobile phone in low and middle-income countries, they also use a smaller range of mobile phone services, the research says.

The study concludes that reducing the mobile gender gap by 2023 would generate an extra $140 bn in revenue to the mobile sector.

OUTLINE

Introduction and Key findings 

The mobile gender gap 

Methodology and data tables 

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
5 out of 5 stars
Title
Connected Women - The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019
Region
Global
Published
Feb. 15, 2019
Publisher
GSMA
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
56
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
22
Topics
mobile
Tags
gender gap, global, GSMA, mobile, mobile network, mobile phone, survey
Methodology
This report's findings are sourced from the 2018 GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey, with more than 20,000 respondents from 18 LMICs.3 Analysis of other research and GSMA data, and from several organizations involved in conducting research on the mobile gender gap, was also used to inform the endings of this study too.
EVALUATION

This is an interesting and in-depth report that addresses the mobile gender gap in middle and low-income countries.

Positives:

  • Nice layout
  • Good graphics
  • Understandable language
  • Interesting key findings regarding the barriers to owning a phone
  • Insightful recommendations for stakeholders to reduce the mobile gender gap
  • Well-structured argumentation
  • Great methodology

 

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