GSMA releases its Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022

GSMA published the new edition of Mobile Gender Gap Report which examines the mobile gender gap at regional and country levels, drawing attention to this important issue and providing key evidence to inform action. The 2022 edition looks particularly at how women’s mobile access and use is changing in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and how efforts to reach women with mobile should be targeted amid the ongoing pandemic and economic recovery. It shows that the progress in the mobile internet gender gap was hindered because of key barriers vis-à-vis internet use including literacy and digital skills, affordability (primarily of handsets), and safety and security. The report also found that while women’s uptake of mobile internet in LMICs continues to increase, the rate of adoption has slowed, and women are still 7% less likely than men to own a mobile phone.