By 2022, 600 million more women - from middle and low income countries - are set to access the mobile internet for the first time.
However, to truly disrupt the cycle of poverty, mobile innovation needs to go deeper than simply more mobile phones in the hands of more women. We need to ensure that when she is online, we are there to meet her. When she is seeking advice and information, that we are providing it.
How do we do this?
Here’s one way. Traditional safe spaces - that is, a location where girls can visit and safely and securely discuss challenges they face with a trained professional - have long been understood as effective. The challenge is how to scale this meaningfully.
For the first time, we have the opportunity to do this faster, smarter, and at a far greater scale than ever possible before. We can reach girls wherever they are in the world, and connect them - free of fear - to vital information, inspiration, and to each other. It can transform the isolation a girl can feel and provide a channel for her to ask the questions she might be afraid to ask.