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GSMA and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Publish 'Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity' Report

GSMA and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Publish 'Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity' Report

GSMA and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Publish 'Women & Mobile: A Global Opportunity' Report

On 15 February the GSMA and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women published a report entitled: Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity. The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, whilst the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women supports women entrepreneurs.

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This report is the first detailed global study of the nature of women mobile subscribers in low and middle-income countries such as Kenya and India. It underlines the barriers facing women's use of mobile phones and also shows that by extending the benefits of mobile phone ownership to more women, a multitude of social and economic goals can be achieved. The report revealed that a woman in a low or middle-income country is 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man. Closing this gender gap would bring the benefits of mobile phones to an additional 300 million women, empowering and enabling them to stay in touch with family and friends, improving their safety, and helping them find paid work.

"Every woman, wherever she lives, needs a mobile phone. That's the simple but fundamental message at the heart of this report. Women can use this vital tool to help unlock real prospects for themselves, their families and their communities. By being better connected, women feel safer, find employment, start businesses, access banks, learn about market prices and altogether benefit socially and economically. "Women and Mobile" is a seminal report that should be read by all who care about the life chances of women." Cherie Blair

To read Cherie's piece on mobile phone access in The Daily Beast click here

To find out more on the Cherie Blair Foundation website click here

To view coverage of the launch in Forbes click here

Cherie promoting the new technology for Women on You Tube

For further discussion of the issue on the Care 2 website click here