Islamabad, Pakistan – April 25, 2024 – On the occasion of International Girls in ICT Day The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) today signed a Non-Binding Cooperation Agreement to collaborate on initiatives aimed at reducing the digital gender gap in Pakistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

The agreement signifies a joint commitment to empower women and girls through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This collaboration will address the critical need for increased internet access, digital literacy skills, and safe online practices among women and girls across the country.

“The digital divide is a significant barrier to development, and women are disproportionately affected,” said Syeda Shafaq Karim Director (Wireless Licensing) PTA. “This partnership with PAGE will allow us to leverage our combined resources and expertise to create a more inclusive digital landscape for all girls across Pakistan.”

“We are thrilled to partner with PTA on this important initiative,” said Fajer Rabia Pasha, Executive Director, PAGE. “By working together, we can equip girls with the digital skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy and participate fully in society.”

The agreement outlines various areas of focus for the first year of collaboration, like Basic Digital Skill, Entrepreneurship Training, Online Security/Safety Campaign, Financial Inclusion and Multi-stakeholder Collaboration and Public-Private Partnership Projects.

This collaboration signifies a significant step towards creating a more inclusive digital landscape in Pakistan. By working together, PTA and PAGE aim to empower women and girls with the tools and skills they need to thrive in the digital age and be the Tech Leaders of tomorrow.

The signing ceremony was well-attended by prominent figures from the telecom and tech sectors, including representatives from leading corporate organizations like Ericson,  Huawei, Wateen, Cybernet, Nayatel & TWA. This strong industry support underscores the commitment of the private sector to bridging the digital gender gap in Pakistan.