The GSMA has adopted the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles as part of its commitment to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
GSMA Director General Mats Granryd signed the commitment in the presence of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.
“Future global prosperity requires women to be at the forefront of the digital revolution, allowing businesses to benefit from the world’s smartest minds, regardless of gender,” said Mats Granryd.
“The GSMA is committed to bridging the gender divide both in our operations and in the work we do around the world, where mobile technology can help empower women, making them more connected, safe, and able to access life-transforming information and services,” added Granryd.
The GSMA operates a number of initiatives designed to encourage young women and girls to study STEM subjects and develop female leadership in the technology industry, including Women4Tech and Tech4Girls. It is also a supporter of the ITU’s Girls In ICT Day and a co-founder of the global EQUALS partnership.
As part of the Connected Women programme, the GSMA works to reduce the gender gap in mobile phone ownership and mobile internet usage in low- and middle-income countries and unlock significant commercial and socio-economic opportunities as a result.