Ugandan husbands deny spouses mobile access

March 2, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

According to a report released by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) on Thursday, nearly three quarters of married women in Uganda are forbidden from owning mobile phones by their husbands.

The GSMA's data on Ugandan women's mobile usage indicated found shocking results. (image:

The GSMA report said 74% of married women who did not want a mobile phone said it was because their husbands would not allow it.

However, another 73% of respondents expressed interest in IT entrepreneurship, because they felt it could support and assist their families.

According to the GMSA, this indicates “that mobile solutions that help manage business or set up mobile retail enterprises could be particularly impactful”.

The report indicated 38% of women live ‘off the grid’, “without easy access to an electricity source. Although access to elecricity varies by market, low-cost, alternative mobile charging solutions will be key for many women to realise the potential benefits of mobile phone ownership”.

Even more surprising was that only 37% had ever sent an SMS, regardless of literacy.

“They did not find the SMS services useful so products targeted at them should be of demonstrable practical value, according to GSMA research.

Joseph Mayton

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