Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is in the process of formulation of “Digital Gender inclusion strategy” in collaboration with UNESCO. The strategy aims to focus on enhancing use of internet, cell phone and digital skills among women in accordance with guidelines of International Telecommunication Union 2030. The strategy recommends responsibilities and specific measures that may be initiated by PTA and other core potential collaborators, to support women’s accessibility, connectivity, and affordability to digital services. This strategy will enable PTA to initiate a collaborative effort with stakeholders to bridge the digital gender divide in Pakistan.
The process of data gathering and analysis was initiated during 2022 through Expert survey (national and International digital/gender experts), Physical Survey (conducted among unconnected population) and IVR Survey (mobile users) were carried out. In addition, PTA conducted a series of workshops at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta.
The strategy will be showcased after validation from the stakeholders.