Islamabad: The findings of a recently-concluded study, conducted by the GSMA has revealed that the gender gap in mobile internet usage remains substantial; with over 300 million fewer women than men having access to mobile internet in low and middle-income countries.
According to the organisation, affordability remains the critical barrier to mobile ownership, while little awareness, as well as lack of literacy and digital skills, serve to hamper mobile internet use among women.
The study has stated that the mobile internet gender gap has narrowed and 54% of women in low- and middle-income countries now use mobile internet, up from 44% in 2017. However, the underlying gender gap in mobile ownership remains largely unchanged and 165 million fewer women than men own a mobile.
The research found that mobile offers essential benefits to users. The majority of male and female mobile owners reported that mobile ownership made them feel safer, better informed and supported them in their day-to-day lives.
“We are seeing important progress in driving equal internet access for women, but the pace of progress still remains slow. We urge business and government communities to continue prioritising efforts to drive more equal access to mobile technology,” said GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.
“Ensuring digital and financial inclusion for women is critically important, as we know that when women thrive, societies, businesses and economies thrive.”