Disparities in the access and use of mobile phones between women and men are a reality. There are several reasons, such as that women have less access to literacy, affecting their use of SMS and the Internet. Or, they tend to buy or inherit low-end devices, with limited features and services. Oftentimes these mobile phones are not internet enabled.
In the last decade, the movement has grown to collect and standardize sex-disaggregated statistics related to information and communication technologies (ICT) for use in policy-making around it. However, there is still some way to go.
The Toolkit that we present helps fill the gap that exists. It consists of practical and well-researched tools that can be used to obtain data on the access and use of mobile phones and other devices with access to connectivity by women. These tools instruct users on how to understand the implications of the assessment outlook and apply the learnings to the project. It is important to note that although this is an information and communication technology toolkit, and it references several different technologies, the main focus is on mobile technology.
This Toolkit contains a short, easy-to-use guide to:
- Facilitate survey preparation.
- Data collection and analysis.
- Carry out quantitative and qualitative surveys.
For ease of use, each tool is designed as a separate module.