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APD | Pakistani women less likely to own smartphone than men: study

Science & Military2018-11-09

By APD writer Muhammad SohailISLAMABAD, Nov. 9 (APD) -- A new study shows a majority of women, less educated and the poor in Pakistan do not own smartphones, lack awareness of and do not have access to the internet, local media reported Friday.A report about the study Information Communication Technology access and use in Asia and the Global South was conducted by a thinktank LirneAsia. The study noted that 37 percent of women between 15-65 years are less likely to own a mobile phone than men in Pakistan.In the same age group, 43 percent of women are less likely to use the internet putting already disadvantaged women in a more vulnerable position than their male counterparts.These results put Pakistan alongside India and Bangladesh with the highest gender gap in Asia when it comes to internet and mobile phone accessibility.“This marginalization and lack of access is exacerbated in rural and social contexts limiting their access to technology. Also, mere access is not enough if they cannot utilize due to structural and social constraints,” said Helani Galpaya, chief of LirneAsia.The report based on a survey of 2,000 households in Pakistan was undertaken to understand how users use or do not use ICT services.“The 152 million active cellular subscribers mentioned on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [PTA] website, despite a good SIM registration system, tell nothing about the subscribers, whether they are men or women, rich or poor and does not really help one understand access and usage gaps,” Galpaya said.The report describes Pakistan better than its peer countries in Asia, noting that 57 percent Pakistanis own a mobile of some kind. However, it points out that the lack of internet awareness is a considerable problem across Asian countries, including Pakistan where the 69 percent population does not know what the internet is.Around 50 percent do not see the relevance of internet while 18 percent complain of its high costs.When contacted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and two mobile operators did not agree with the findings describing them as painting a dismal picture of teledensity in the country. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Muhammad Sohail

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 9 (APD) -- A new study shows a majority of women, less educated and the poor in Pakistan do not own smartphones, lack awareness of and do not have access to the internet, local media reported Friday.

A report about the study Information Communication Technology access and use in Asia and the Global South was conducted by a thinktank LirneAsia.

 The study noted that 37 percent of women between 15-65 years are less likely to own a mobile phone than men in Pakistan.

In the same age group, 43 percent of women are less likely to use the internet putting already disadvantaged women in a more vulnerable position than their male counterparts.

These results put Pakistan alongside India and Bangladesh with the highest gender gap in Asia when it comes to internet and mobile phone accessibility.

“This marginalization and lack of access is exacerbated in rural and social contexts limiting their access to technology. Also, mere access is not enough if they cannot utilize due to structural and social constraints,” said Helani Galpaya, chief of LirneAsia.

The report based on a survey of 2,000 households in Pakistan was undertaken to understand how users use or do not use ICT services.

“The 152 million active cellular subscribers mentioned on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [PTA] website, despite a good SIM registration system, tell nothing about the subscribers, whether they are men or women, rich or poor and does not really help one understand access and usage gaps,” Galpaya said.

The report describes Pakistan better than its peer countries in Asia, noting that 57 percent Pakistanis own a mobile of some kind. However, it points out that the lack of internet awareness is a considerable problem across Asian countries, including Pakistan where the 69 percent population does not know what the internet is.

Around 50 percent do not see the relevance of internet while 18 percent complain of its high costs.

When contacted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and two mobile operators did not agree with the findings describing them as painting a dismal picture of teledensity in the country. 

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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