Islamabad: Pakistan has the largest difference in the number of men and women who own mobile phones in 15 countries of the world.
This was revealed in a report released by CSMA, an organization representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide.
According to the report, the difference in the number of men and women using the Internet on mobile phones is even greater.
The report also revealed that out of about 15 countries, only Brazil has negative mobile phone ownership and mobile Internet use rate, where 85% of men own mobile phones, compared to 84% of women.
The report, titled 'Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020', was prepared on the basis of the GSMA's annual Intelligence Consumer Survey for 2019 for 15 low- and middle-income countries.
The survey, which covers a population of 18 years and over, is considered to be the owner of a mobile phone who has a SIM card or a mobile phone that does not require a SIM card for at least a month. Be a single user.
Mobile Gender Gap 2020 revealed that gender disparity with respect to mobile phone ownership in Pakistan is 38%, meaning that only 50% of women own mobile phones compared to 81% of Pakistani men.
Similarly, the difference in Internet users is 49% ie that only 19% of women have access to mobile phone internet compared to 37% of Pakistani men.
The report said that the biggest obstacle to mobile phone ownership is affordability, and lack of awareness, illiteracy and lack of digital skills are also important barriers that prevent women from using mobile phones.
The report also found that the disparity of women and men in using mobile internet has decreased in low-income countries and now 54% of women use mobile phone internet as compared to 44% in 2017.