Thank you #VOA for discussing #SocialMediaRules2021 in Pakistan, Internet freedom and Internet Access to Women.

#DigitalGenderParity - Pakistan’s overall ranking has dropped to 90th place among 120 nations: the second lowest ranking country in Asia and the lowest in South Asia. Despite an improvement of six percentage points since the previous year, the report highlights that Pakistan still ranks the highest in the world when it comes to the gender gap. The gap in internet access between men and women is 65pc, and 51pc in access to mobile phones. 

This massive disparity has been noted in several other reports over the years, including the recent Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020 measuring mobile ownership and data usage in 15 low- and middle-income countries.

6 in 10 women in Pakistan face restrictions from their families when using the internet.

8 in 10 women belonging to the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa do not use the internet.


Cultural norms, income class, purpose of usage, Male and female mobile ownership and mobile internet use by country.

Percentage of total adult population Mobile Ownership Male 81%Female 50%Internet Ownership 

Male 37%

Female 19%

Share of smartphone owners who purchased their own device, by gender 

Male 90%

Female 42%

In Pakistan, family disapproval is the main factor preventing 29% of sampled female non-users of mobile internet from getting online, compared to only 2%of men.

the list of the top 10 countries with the lowest level of internet freedom:

• China

• Iran

• Myanmar

• Cuba

• Vietnam

• Saudi Arabia

• Pakistan

• Egypt

• UAE

• Ethiopia

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