Information Technology Minister, Anushe Rehman, recently shed light on a few women-centric programs conducted at the national level. She was speaking at Youth Parliament’s special session on ‘State of eGovernance and IT in Pakistan.’
“The ICT for Girls Programme, aimed at training young girls with the latest advancement in technologies, is functional”, she said. Young girls from marginalized areas of Pakistan are being trained for coding and computing. Microsoft is assisting the government for this training series. Government is hopeful that the training imparted will help these young girls in economic empowerment and job placements.
Under the same program, over 150 girls empowerment centers have also been established.
Anushe mentioned that the government is spending billions of rupees to ensure access to telecom and broadband services across Pakistan. Government is happy with the penetration of broadband services which has now surpassed 24% but a couple of years ago it was only 3%.
Government is also doing a study to provide 30,000 smartphones and training to women belonging to the lowest income group.