LAHORE – In line with its vision of empowering Pakistanis, Telenor Pakistan has partnered with Circle Women to train women on internet access and other essential digital tools. The initiative will provide home-based women and young women from disadvantaged backgrounds with digital literacy, entrepreneurship skills and financial inclusion.
Although women make up nearly half of the country’s population, their labor force participation is relatively low at 25%, according to the Asian Development Bank. Under this partnership, Telenor Pakistan will provide connectivity aimed at bridging the gender digital divide for home-based workers and young women in Bahawalpur, Rahimyar Khan, Multan, Sargodha, Mianwali, Layyah, Narowal and Pakpattan. Sims with 15 GB of data will be provided for free to 3,000 micro-entrepreneurs to help them practice their digital skills.
Attending the occasion, Khurrum Ashfaque, Managing Director of Telenor Pakistan, said: “Telenor has always viewed internet access as a tool for empowerment. Our participation in the Circle Women initiative will ensure that we bring the full power of 4G connectivity to women in these regions and support their access to transformational digital platforms.
Circle Women’s Managing Director, Sadaffe Abid, added, “Increasing women’s participation in the formal economy is essential for the socio-economic progress of the country. The digital literacy program is designed to train women to leverage digital platforms and mobile wallets for business and information exchange, to enable their economic empowerment and social well-being.
Telenor Pakistan has a rich history of women’s empowerment initiatives, such as its participation in the World Bank’s Girls Learn, Women Earn initiative which has become the vehicle for 1,100 women across the country to be trained in digital literacy. Telenor Pakistan’s “NayaAghaaz” initiative is a unique platform designed for women on a career break to get back on the professional path. Telenor Pakistan remains committed to leveraging technology and its digital expertise to promote diversity and inclusion across the country.