100 Million Women

Empower 100 million women to break the cycle of poverty with access to a connected world.

The next 3 billion people connecting to the Internet will mainly be in developing nations.

The Next 3B envisions empowering 100 million women in developing nations to improve their standard of living within the next 5 years.

By joining forces with complementary organizations that offer a range of expertise, we will launch diverse initiatives for women with mobile connectivity at the core.

Women in the poorest parts of the world who are equipped with smartphones, mobile applications and on-the-ground services tailored their needs hold the key to real transformation.

Improving financial inclusion, health information for better decision-making and opportunities for free education can be achieved through mobile applications and services.

Research shows that giving women access to the connected world has a massive social and economic impact on families and communities in developing nations.

Learn more about our mission.

Our vision is to help 100 Million Women break the cycle of poverty.
The first initiative towards this goal aims to financially empower 25,000 women and has been selected by the Clinton Global Initiative as a Commitment to Action.

CGI Commitment

@scale: financially empowering women through smartphones* is a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.

Research shows that when women are given opportunities, their families, and in turn their communities, can break the cycle of poverty.

  • In developing nations, 200 million fewer women than men are online
  • 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. (1)
  • Access to financial opportunities increases with mobile phone ownership.
  • 80% of the microfinance industry’s poorest clients are women. (2)
  • Women who do better economically raise the living standard of the entire household as they are more likely to spend income in productive ways. (3)

(1) No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report, March 2015  (2) Earnst & Young  (3) Studies by organizations including UN Women, the UN’s Children’s Defense Fund, and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Trust Fund

Our vision to empower 100 million women is bold

We have the opportunity to create significant social and economic change by working together.