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Empowering Women Through Mobile Technology | BSR

Empowering Women Through Mobile Technology Google’s announcement this week to buy Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion signals its move into the telecommunications hardware business and provides further evidence that mobile technology is on the rise—and here to stay. Mobile ownership has skyrocketed in recent years, not only in developed countries but also in emerging economies. But is everyone benefitting equally from this technology? Studies show that there is a significant mobile phone gender gap: 300 million fewer women around the world have access to mobile technology than men . According to recent reports , a woman is 21 percent less likely to own a mobile phone than a man in her country and that figure increases to 23 percent if the woman lives in Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 percent in the Middle East, and 37 percent in South Asia. Earlier this summer, the GSMA mWomen P...

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