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The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020

The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020

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SUMMARY

The GSMA report on the mobile gender gap shows that more than half of women in low- and middle-income countries now use mobile internet and the gender gap is getting narrower. 

Women are, however, 20 percent less likely to use mobile internet than men, the paper indicates - though this figure has gone down from 27 percent in 2017. These results are due to an improvement in South Asia where the mobile gender gap narrowed by 16 percentage points.

Regarding the main barriers to mobile phone ownership, handset affordability is the main obstacle to it, the study shows. Meanwhile, lack of literacy and digital skills is still at present the main barrier to use among mobile users who are aware of mobile Internet. In Latin America, according to the report, safety concerns are also an important barrier to mobile internet access. 

As for smartphone ownership, women in low-and middle-income countries are 20 percent less likely than men to own a mobile device. Among mobile owners, women on average use a smaller range of services in all the countries examined for this GSMA study.

It is important to mention that both men and women across surveyed markets believe that mobile presents important benefits, the report indicates.

OUTLINE

Introduction

Key Findings

The mobile gender gap

Mobile Internet use and smartphone ownership

Women’s mobile use

Recommendations

Appendices

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
5 out of 5 stars
Title
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020
Sub-Title
Connected Women
Region
Global
Published
Feb. 15, 2020
Publisher
GSMA
Author(s)
Oliver Rowntree
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
50
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
30
Topics
mobile
Tags
Asia, global, GSMA, mobile, mobile gender gap, smart phone, South Asia, use cases, video
Companies mentioned
Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Reliance Jio, Telenor Pakistan, Grameenphone, Robi Axiata, Airtel, Vodafone
Author(s)
Oliver Rowntree
Methodology
This research is based on an analysis of the results of face-to-face surveys carried out by GSMA. The report is also based on surveys results conducted in 2017 and 2018 in 13 additional markets.
EVALUATION

This GSMA report about the mobile gender gap stands out for excellent insights and appealing graphs and design.

Positives:

  • Appealing design
  • Excellent insights and content
  • Clear language
  • Great graphics

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