MOBILE PHONE OWNERSHIP
Today, over 3bn people in low- and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones, and most of them (1.7bn) are estimated to be female, according to a new report by the GSMA – which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide . Women own and use mobile phones at lower rates than men due to barriers such as cost, network quality and coverage, security and harassment, agent and operator trust, and technical literacy and confidence.
Immediately closing the gender gap in ownership would help an estimated 200m women gain access to mobile phones today, the GSMA said.
1.7 bn FEMALES DON’T OWN
MOBILE PHONES IN LOWAND MIDDLEINCOME COUNTRIES
MOBILE PHONE OWNERSHIP IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES
Note: There are 80m fewer females than males in low- and middle-income countries; unconnected population includes
individuals who do not own, but may borrow phones.
LESS LIKELY Women are on average 14% less likely to own a mobile phone than men,
which translates into 200m fewer women than men owning mobile phones.