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Report: Pakistan has the highest male-female gap on cell-phone ownership registered

Report: Pakistan has the highest male-female gap on cell-phone ownership registered

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Pakistan has the highest male-female gap in terms of cell-phone set ownership among 15 countries, said a report issued on Thursday by the GSMA, an organisation representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

According to the report, the gender gap over mobile internet usage in Pakistan is even higher. The report highlights that among all the 15 countries only Brazil had the negative male-female mobile phone ownership and mobile internet use, where 84 per cent adult males owned a mobile phone compared to 85pc female adult population.

How is the gap measured?

The ‘Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020’ is based on the annual GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey of 2019 belonging to 15 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The base of the consumer survey is the total population aged 18 years and above, and a mobile phone owner 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. The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020 highlights that Pakistan has the highest gender gap of 38pc over mobile phone ownership as 81pc Pakistani males owned mobile sets compared to 50pc females.

The report highlights that despite progress, the gender gap in mobile internet usage remains substantial, with more than 300 million fewer women than men accessing the internet from a mobile device.

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