Bridging the Mobile Gender Gap

Course Content

Course Overview

There is currently a significant gender gap associated with access to, and use of, the internet and mobile broadband services. This gender gap can be attributed to a number of factors including the cost of devices and services, network coverage, concerns around security and harassment as well as a lack of technical literacy among women.

This course explains the background to the issues and focuses on strategies that can be used to help close the gender gap.

Course Objectives

• Understand the context via gender-disaggregated data on internet access and use.
• Learn how barriers such as access, affordability, safety, digital skills and the availability of locally relevant content can be addressed.
• Discover how gender perspectives can be integrated into strategies, policies, plans and budgets so they explicitly address women’s needs, circumstances and preferences.

Course Completion Certificates

All of our courses are certified by the UK Telecoms Academy (UKTA) and can be used as evidence of professional development.

To qualify for a course completion certificate, students need to view all the course sessions and complete a short final project. Students are also strongly encouraged to take part in weekly live chat sessions and to discuss the course content on the Course Forum.

Course Forum

This forum is restricted to members of the associated course(s).

This forum is restricted to members of the associated course(s).

Course Duration
4 weeks
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Course Leader
Julia Burchell
Insights Director & Global Lead on National Dialogues for Digital Transformation
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Julia is a Director of Insights and the global lead on the GSMA National Dialogue for Digital Transformation initiative, which convenes mobile industry leadership and senior policymakers to identify how closer public-private collaboration at a national level can help progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Julia has been with the GSMA for nine years, driving innovation projects that aim to achieve both commercial and social impact at scale. She specialised in gender and mobile before leading research into mobile value added services and industry partnerships. Julia has a strong background in corporate communications, having previously represented organisations across the telecommunications, utilities, accountancy and law industries. She holds a first class BA in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Writing from Goldsmiths University.

Course Moderator
Sarah Gaffney
Senior Partnerships Director
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Sarah is the Senior Director for the GSMA’s Regulatory Capacity Building Programme, responsible for developing strategic, regional and global partnerships through which this specialised training is delivered. Sarah has over 10 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, holds a BSc in Sociology and Communications from Brunel University and is a Prince2 and APMP qualified Project Manager.