Blog Posts By: Lauren Hendricks, Sanjay Podder and Charu Adesnik


Despite the buzz of excitement about the rapid pace of change due to new technologies, women are too often left behind, especially in lower income countries.  The gaps are clear: a 10 percent gender gap in mobile phone ownership (unchanged over the past five years), and a 23 percent gap for mobile internet usage. Gaps like these prevent women from accessing financial services and information crucial to their livelihoods and health.

We’re working with partners to tackle these challenges so that data and technology can fully support women’s economic empowerment.  That was the topic of a Twitter Chat recently cohosted by Grameen Foundation, Accenture and CISCO. Dozens of people around the globe participated, and the Chat garnered more than 1.4 million impressions. Here we share the insights from that chat.