We firmly believe that everyone has the right to access the internet and experience all of the benefits of connectivity, including access to critical information and connecting with one another.
Connected Women Research
To enhance mobile/internet access for millions of women, most of whom have never benefitted from access to mobile/internet before, Ooredoo joined with the GSMA and other partners to study the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women. The study is ongoing and will lead to the creation of tailored products and services which speak to their real, everyday needs.
‘MayMay’ is a maternal healthcare app which bridges the mobile and health sectors to help ensure that a wealth of useful maternal, child health and wellness information is readily available to women across the country both during and after pregnancy. There is fast-growing demand for the service which is a great example of the unexpected benefits of connectivity for those who have never experienced the benefits of having a mobile phone in today’s digital world.
Challenging low mobile penetration among women in Iraq
In Iraq, Asiacell, which is part of Ooredoo, researched women’s needs extensively and designed a breakthrough service offering called Almas (‘diamond’) line with features matching the needs of Iraqi women for mobile services. Through this more than 2 million female customers have connected with friends and family, becoming more socially and financially independent.
Launching initiatives specifically designed to bring women into the workplace as well as enable women to access and use ICT in a way which works for them.
Creating “womenpreneurs” in Indonesia
Indosat Ooredoo’s Women Empowerment Program (INSPERA) has worked with Indonesia’s rural “womenpreneurs” since 2012, providing functional training through the use of mobile technology, guidance and working capital, teaching them independence and resourcefulness.
INSPERA has further expanded its reach through a series of professional training masters, as well as talk shows and leading female entrepreneurs and government officials, an initiative ran under the campaign of #DigitalSuperWoman.
As part of this initiative Dompetku, Indosat’s mobile money service, provides working capital to female micro-entrepreneurs who have limited access to affordable resources.
Ooredoo Maldives has partnered with local NGO ‘Women on Boards’ to empower the next generation of women to fill top hierarchy positions at all levels of the Maldives by unleashing their economic power, in alignment with the United Nations’ vision
Empowering Myanmar's aspiring entrepreneurs
In Myanmar, Ooredoo and partners are supporting women’s entrepreneurship through a franchisee model which will enable tens of thousands of women in Myanmar to sell prepaid Ooredoo airtime to their communities.
We place a strong focus on female employees and their career opportunities within Ooredoo by tailor-making leadership development and accelerated-learning initiatives to actively help women up the corporate ladder. In a coalition with private sector partners we joined the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in a pledge to improve employment opportunities for more than 300,000 women. The partnerships, called She Works, will implement measures to enhance women's employment opportunities – such as mentorship programmes, flexible working arrangements, and leadership training to increase diversity in management.
We believe that communities created for women either online or in real life can be important catalysts for seizing greater empowerment.
Geek Girls in Myanmar
To kick-start female participation in Myanmar’s tech scene Ooredoo helped to launch ‘Geek Girls Myanmar’ in October 2014. This community group of female technology professionals, students and enthusiasts was the first designed-for-women initiative in Myanmar’s technology industry.
“SmartWomen” is an app designed especially for women in Oman and Qatar. It provides an online community incorporating a variety of features such as expert content, for professional and personal development, and networking tools to support women's economic empowerment.