Overall 26.4 percent of young women of Punjab have ever used a computer while 13.7 percent of them have ever used the internet, reveals a survey by the Bureau of Statistics (BoS) Punjab.
According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014, released by the BoS Punjab on Tuesday, Rawalpindi women (age 15-24 years) lead the province in the category of young women who have ever used a computer at 49.1 percent, followed by Lahore at 48.8 percent.
Rawalpindi again tops the list of cities surveyed when it comes to young women who have ever used the internet at 31.5 percent, followed by Lahore at 30.4 percent in Punjab.
The BoS has surveyed 21,119 young women for usage of the computer and internet of all districts of Punjab.
Only 14 percent of young women of the Dera Ghazi Khan district has ever used a computer while only 5.8 percent have accessed the internet. The situation of Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Ranjapur is even more deploring vis-à-vis access to computer and internet.
Only 9.4 percent of women have ever used a computer in Rajanpur, and 4 percent have ever used the internet, Muzaffargrah is at 12.7 percent and 4.7 percent and Layyah is at 11.8 percent, and 2.8 percent, respectively.
Twenty-one percent of young women used a computer during the last 12 months and fewer women (14 percent) used a computer during the last month. The use of internet is, however, lower with 12 percent of young women reporting the use of internet during the last 12 months.
At divisional level, only 9 percent of young women in Dera Ghazi Khan used a computer during the last year compared with 32 percent of women in Lahore district during the same period.
It is pertinent to mention here, that when the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014 was conducted, the 3G technology was not available in the country. Surely, with the induction of the 3G technology, the cellular mobile operators are extending internet access to the masses and these young women are no exception.
According to the experts, the number of young women who ever used internet is likely to increase in the next survey. Similarly, when the next survey is held, they foresee a sharp rise vis-à-vis young women’s access to computers in the wake of distribution of laptops among the brilliant students of Punjab through Chief Minister’s e-youth initiative.