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.

Bridging the Mobile Gender Gap - Session 1

Understand the issue and need for action

Bridging the Mobile Gender Gap - Session 2

Understand your context and integrate gender into your policies

Bridging the Mobile Gender Gap - Session 3

Address the barriers women face

Bridging the Mobile Gender Gap - Session 4

Work together and develop an action plan

Course Duration
4 weeks
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Course Leader
Mariana Lopez
Responsable du plaidoyer, GSMA
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Mariana is Advocacy Manager for the GSMA - Connected Women Programme. In this capacity, she ensures that the programme’s knowledge and insights are disseminated effectively by supporting the production of content on how to bridge the gender gap in mobile money and mobile internet in developing countries. She also leads Advocacy efforts, such as GSMA’s participation in EQUALS: The Global Partnership to bridge the digital gender divide. Prior to joining the Connected Women team, Mariana worked at the London Centre of International Law Practice as a researcher on the root causes of gender-based violence in conflict. Mariana holds a Masters in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford (2016), a BA in Business and a BA in International Relations from ITAM University (2015). She also spent time studying in Harvard, Stanford, George Washington University, and LSE.

Course Moderator
Debra-Derieux Matos
Responsable de formations et de contenu, GSMA
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Debra-Derieux manages and edits content for the GSMA’s Capacity Building training courses and publications and leads Teaching Training programme for the delivery of online and face-to-face courses. Debra is a lifestyle author, who prior to joining the GSMA, worked as a multilingual broadcast journalist and correspondent based in Paris. She has worked as a communications consultant and lecturer designing and delivering undergraduate and graduate training courses in universities and media school groups in London, Brussels and New York. Debra holds a BA in Journalism-Mass Media and Broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA – PD in Hispanic Language Civilisations and Literatures from New York University.