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Accelerating Digital Literacy: Empowering women to use the mobile internet

Pietro Aldobrandini's picture

In developing countries, mobile phones are the most popular way to connect to the internet. Just as they have introduced billions to telephony over the last 20 years, mobile phones are today introducing people to the internet in unprecedented numbers. The number of unique subscribers using mobile internet in developing countries grew from 728 million in 2010 to 1.8 billion in 2014.1 This has profound implications for women’s economic, social, and political empowerment. From entrepreneurship opportunities to affordable healthcare and peer learning platforms, mobile internet is beginning to empower women in inspiring ways.