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Women's Access to Mobile Phones

Women’s Access to Mobile Phones includes 9 items from a large 11-country survey of women’s mobile phone use. This measure asks women if and how they are able to use and access a mobile phone either by purchasing or borrowing the device. The original questionnaire can be located here.

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Geographies Tested: China,Colombia,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Egypt,India,Indonesia,Jordan,Kenya,Mexico,Niger,Turkey

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. Have you ever used a mobile phone?
2. Have you used a mobile phone in the past 3 months?
3. Do you personally own at least one active SIM (a SIM that you carry with you most of the day?)
4. Do you personally own at least one working handset (a handset that you carry with you most of the day?)

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 2

5. The last time you used a mobile phone, who did you borrow the handset andor SIM from?

Response Options:
I used the handset andor SIM that is available and jointly used in my household - 1
I borrowed a handset andor SIM from a friend or someone in my family - 2
I used a handset andor SIM that is available in my community - 3
I used a handset andor SIM from work - 4
I used a handset andor SIM from a dealer - 5
Other (please specify):_____ - 97

6. If answered “2. I borrowed a handset andor SIM from a friend or someone in my family” to the previous question: From whom did you borrow this handset andor SIM?

Response Options:
From my spouse (husband or wife) - 1
From my son - 2
From my daughter - 3
From my fatherfather-in-law - 4
From my mothermother-in-law - 5
From another male relative (brother, cousin, uncle, etc.) - 6
From another female relative (sister, cousin, aunt, etc.) - 7
From a male friend (jncluding neighbors) - 8
From a female friend (including neighbors) - 9
Other (please specify): ____ - 97

7. How soon were you able to get hold of this handset andor SIM?

Response Options:
I accessed it immediately – 1
I had to wait but could use it within the day - 2
I had to wait longer than a day - 3
Other (please specify):____ - 97

8. Did you have to pay to use this handset andor SIM?

Response Options:
Yes, I paid a fee - 1
No, I bartered it against products andor services - 2
No - 3

9. If “1. I paid a fee” to previous question: Where did the money come from?

Response Options:
My own money - 1
The general household budget - 2
My spouse (husband or wife) - 3
My fatherfather-in-law - 4
My mothermother-in-law - 5
Another male relative (brother, cousin, uncle, etc.) - 6
Another female relative (sister, cousin, aunt, etc.) - 7
A male friend (including neighbors) - 8
A female friend (including neighbors) - 9
Other (please specify):____ - 97

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Original Citation

Santosham, S. & Lindsey, D. (2015). Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low- and middle-income countries. https://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Connected-Women-Gender-Gap.pdf

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