The digital gender divide is globally recognized as a major challenge to the digital transformation process in the world. Regionally, South Asia has the world’s widest gender gap, with only 18% of the women using the Internet (Source: Webfoundation). Pakistan is among the countries with the highest disparity in technology adoption among females. International and national institutions report a dismal state of affairs when it comes to Internet usage by females in Pakistan (GSMA 19%, Google 39%, PBS 14%). According to PTA, mobile penetration in the female population stands at 37%, compared to 130% in the male population. Similarly, PSLM Survey 2021 released by PBS reported that out of 46% mobile phone owners in Pakistan, female mobile ownership in Punjab, Sindh and KPK is less than 30% where it is only 15% in Balochistan.
It must be recalled that 5th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) signifies gender quality and women empowerment as a necessary right to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. While efforts are being made by the government and private sector to bring more women and girls in the tech sector, it is imperative that challenges associated with this crucial national issue are discussed – by the females, among the females. It is also important to highlight the remarkable stories of women who overcame all odds and used digital skills to be a successful role model for us.
Through this event, the Internet Society (ISOC) and its Pakistan Islamabad Chapter, in collaboration with partners, endeavours to provide a platform for female leaders in technology and also bring together stakeholders of women empowerment in Pakistan. Join us to watch inspiring stories, listen to meaningful dialogue and engage in interactive discussions.
A mobile ownership is defined as a person who has sole or main use of a SIM card (or a mobile phone that does not require a SIM) and uses it at least once a month.