Millicom’s Africa operations pledge to advance women’s digital and financial inclusion

AA – Millicom, the telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa, announced today that all of its Tigo operations in Africa, and Zantel, have joined GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative. This major initiative focuses on reducing the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money services.

Tigo Chad, Senegal, Tanzania and Ghana, and Zantel, have followed the lead of Tigo Rwanda, which became the first African operator to commit to the initiative in February during the Mobile World Congress. As part of the commitment, the Africa operations will work to increase the proportion of their female customers using mobile financial services and Tigo Chad has also committed to increase the proportion of female customers using mobile internet.

This commitment consolidates Millicom’s leadership in advancing digital and financial inclusion for women in Africa and will have a significant impact in accelerating the participation of women in the growing mobile economy across the continent.

Across markets, Tigo and Zantel have been supporting women by providing products, services and tools designed specifically for them and by running training in courses financial management and entrepreneurship.

Cynthia Gordon, Millicom’s Africa CEO, welcomed the pledge to GSMA’s Connected Women commitment initiative: “It is essential for Tigo to increase the participation of women in the growing mobile economy. Joining this initiative reflects our commitment to closing the mobile gender gap and enabling women to experience the benefits of mobile internet and mobile financial services.”

Gordon continued, “We are undertaking specific commitments to connect hundreds of thousands of women, who have never had access to the Internet before, with the incredible life-changing opportunities of online services. This can make measureable differences in their lives and their communities.”

Through the Connected Women commitment initiative, Millicom’s African operations will also be supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Millicom’s pledge to this major initiative is yet another reflection of how the company supports and empowers women throughout Africa.

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