News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1082 on 19 August 2022

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The missing women customers – Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile operators fail to shift the dial on the market’s gender divide on internet use

19 August 2022

Despite a significant long-term GSMA initiative, Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile operators have over five years failed to close the gender gap on mobile internet use and women are still less likely to be aware of mobile internet than men. Russell Southwood talks to Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Digital Inclusion in the Mobile for Development (M4D) team at GSMA about why progress has stalled. The starting point for looking at the gender divide is the gap in handset ownership. This gender gap – the difference between the percentage ownership by men and women – is as follows in the sampled countries for…