Women and Mobile: Bridging the Gender Gap

Course Content

Course overview
It is widely recognised that information and communications technology can have a positive socio-economic impact on women’s lives. Unfortunately 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 amongst 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.
– Explore how to work together with other stakeholders to share good practices that have real impact.

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Course Duration
4 weeks
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Course Leader

As Senior Manager, Mobile for Development Insights at the GSMA, Julia leads cross-sector investigations into the social impact of mobile across countries and over time. She has worked with the GSMA for six 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. She brings a strong background in corporate communications to her work, having previously represented organisations across the telecommunications, utilities, accountancy and law industries.

Course Moderator
Ronda Zelezny-Green
Email Moderator

Ronda developed and directs the Capacity Building programme’s eLearning platform. She has more than 10 years of teaching and training delivery experience, both face-to-face and online. She has also worked with learners across five continents, at all education levels, and in government. She has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and subject matter expertise in public policy, gender, and mobile learning. Ronda has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies for Development from the University of London.