Islamabad, May 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): Following is the text of press note issued by Press Information Department (PID)
On the occasion of 147th World Telecommunication Day, I would like to congratulate the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for its efforts in successfully laying the foundations of a just, equitable and people-centered information Society. ITU has served as a catalyst in bridging the digital divide and celebrating this day would further highlight the transformative role of communications and information in the modern day societies.
By selecting “Women and Girls in ICT” as its yearly theme, ITU has focused on the most important segment of society that deserves to benefit equally from the communication revolution. Development of technologies and services as well as facilitating the usage of communication devices by women and girls must become a key component of the policy making process of relevant government authorities, telecommunication equipment manufacturers and service providers. The theme is of special significance to us in Pakistan where the Government has launched special schemes for the uplift of women.
The Government of Pakistan stands committed to empower the women of the country by providing equal opportunities to them for their development and excelling in all walks of life. We are committed to provide affordable telecommunication services to all segments of the population, including the women and girls, with modern state of the art telecommunication systems as well as gender-based customized services.
However, more efforts are required to assess the ICTs requirements of the female gender and to develop strategies to provide telecommunication and IT services and promote accessibility of IT enabled services (ITeS) such as e-government, e-education and e-health etc. to the female section of our population. On this occasion, I call upon all our partners in the Telecom industry to assist us in creating a conducive environment that could enable our women to benefit from ICTs and ITeS.
There is an urgent need to address the issue of the ICT education and skills gap in girls and women of Pakistan. Advanced ICT education and skills in women, combined with the sectoral knowledge such as healthcare, language skills and business management, would open new opportunities for women to play their due role in the nation building process.
Once again, I congratulate all associated with the information and Communication Technology sector on this day and urge them to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in ICT for development of the country’s IT and telecommunication landscape, especially in context of empowerment of women through ICTs.
For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326