Women and Development

Investing in women has a multiplying effect on the health, education, and well-being of families. Vital Wave works with diverse organizations to expand women’s access to enabling technologies.

The arguments for investing in digital programs for women are compelling. Increasingly, women are using mobile phones and other technologies to improve their family’s health, education, and income. The mobile gender gap is narrowing with 54 percent of women in low- and middle-income countries now using mobile internet. Yet, despite this progress, the gap still remains substantial, with over 300 million fewer women than men accessing the internet on a mobile.

Vital Wave staff are recognized as thought leaders by public- and private-sector organizations seeking to understand and design for women. The firm has worked with Qualcomm, the Cherie Blair Foundation, and GSMA to expand women’s access to enabling technologies. Vital Wave’s landmark studies on women’s use of mobile phones and mobile services, and on the potential of mobile broadband to support women’s livelihoods, have informed the investment decisions of governments and development organizations around the world.

165 million fewer women than men own a mobile phone.