Narrowing the mobile gender gap

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Episode 54

Women in low- and middle-income countries are 15 per cent less likely to use mobile internet services than men — that’s 234 million fewer women than men connected to the worldwide web — according to a new report. And some of the biggest gender gaps are in Sub-Saharan Africa. This week we ask: what is blocking women from accessing these services? And how can this gender divide be bridged?

Our reporter, Charles Pensulo, speaks to women in Malawi, and to Mehjabeen Alarakhia, a UN policy advisor on women’s economic empowerment, about the challenges facing women in the digital space.

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Africa Science Focus, with Michael Kaloki.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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