Not even Covid-19 improved Africa’s mobile phone gender gap

The Covid-19 pandemic made access to mobile phones and mobile internet more important. Yet the gender gap for mobile phone ownership and mobile internet use in sub-Saharan Africa remained largely unchanged in the past year.

Compared to 2019, women in sub-Saharan Africa were just as unlikely to own a mobile phone last year as they were the year before, and only slightly more likely to be able to access the internet using one…

…The main barriers to mobile internet use for both men and women are the expense of internet-enabled handsets, and poor literacy and digital skills.

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