Bridging the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship

Pakistan’s significant gender gap, ranked 142nd out of 146 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2023, hinders its economic potential. Closing this gap could boost GDP by 30%, yet female labor force participation is only 24%. The digital divide further exacerbates disparities, with significant gaps in mobile ownership and internet usage, especially in rural areas like Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To address these issues, a Policy Roundtable on “Bridging the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship” was held at ITCN Asia Lahore 2024, featuring leading women in Pakistan’s tech sector. The discussion focused on promoting female leadership, flexible work cultures, and partnerships with IT companies and international organizations to foster gender inclusivity.