SDG 5: Gender equality
SDG 5: "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls". As the fastest and largest global technology uptake in history, mobile broadband has the potential to positively impact all of the 17 SDGs. While there are considerable challenges to be tackled in achieving this ambitious agenda, the examples of our products, services and solutions demonstrate the role ICT can play in accelerating the achievement of the Global Goals.
ICT's role in reaching this goal
Goal 5 has a clear ambition, to enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular ICT, to promote the empowerment of women. Greater access to technology has been proven to support women, and a number of organizations including the GSMA have m-women programs. The World Bank suggests that investing in women and girls can have a 10-times multiplier effect on the community in developing countries.
ICT solutions making an impact
Building a pipeline of women in STEM, USA
We built the fiber network and ICT infrastructure at the STEM Center of Excellence, Texas USA. The girl's scout camp transformed into a dedicated center with opportunities in robotics, coding, botany, chemistry and more. Girl Scouts has created a recipe for success to build a pipeline of women in STEM.
Educate a girl, change the world
Connect To Learn (a public-private collaboration by The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Ericsson and Millennium Promise) has supported the funding of 755 scholarships to girls across Ghana, Tanzania, and Myanmar to complete their secondary education. Through these scholarships, girls can further their education and improve skills and employability.
755 girls have received scholarships from Connect To Learn.