Qtel helps to empower women
Operator announces support for GSMA mWomen Programme
The Qtel Group has announced its support for the GSMA mWomen Programme, a global initiative designed to empower women through giving them access to mobile phones.
Qtel, as part of its support for the mWomen Programme, will be carrying out research in the Middle East and Asia on how to help women and accelerate opportunities from them through access to mobile channels.
The company has also committed to drive change in its business with respect to how women's issues are identified and served.
"The Qtel Group is committed to making a valuable and measurable difference within the communities in the different markets where the Group operates. The mWomen program led by the GSMA furthers that objective, and the Qtel Group will ensure that the needs and aspirations of women in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia are fully-represented in this initiative," said Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Qtel.
The program, officially launched by Rob Conway, CEO of the GSMA, with US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Cherie Blair, founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in October 2010, is an unprecedented public-private partnership between the global mobile industry and the international development community.
The Qtel Group is also being represented in the mWomen Working Group, which was established to unite operator members committed to closing the mobile phone gender gap in the developing world.
The group consists of 22 members representing mobile operators in over 115 developing countries.
"We are the happy the Qtel Group has joined the mWomen Working Group and made a commitment to working to close the mobile phone gender gap. In the Middle East, a woman is 24% less likely than a man to have access to mobile phones and Qtel´s participation will help address this important issue," said Trina DasGupta, mWomen programme director, GSMA.
The Qtel Group has further plans to play an active role in supporting women's entrepreneur activities and is already helping in Indonesia with Indosat supporting a special System Electronic Voucher (SEV) Retailing programme for women in rural areas.
This initiative was presented at the Global Compact Asia Network Conference in Bali and the Global Leader Summit in New York.