Design Competition: Gender Digital Divide


We invite you to participate in digital art design competition to depict gender digital divide (GDD) in Pakistan, and how it is affecting women, trans and non-binary people in the country. You have the creative freedom to decide what aspect of GDD you want to present in your design. But there are some rules!

  • Your design must depict gender digital divide in Pakistan
  • The artwork should be digitally made, and could be an illustration or a digital painting
  • The artwork should be original and has not been published or commissioned elsewhere
  • Artworks required in two dimensions: A4 in portrait, and 1080×1080 px
  • All artworks must be submitted in high resolution, in PNG format
  • brief description, not exceeding 100 words, mentioning how your art depicts gender digital divide in Pakistan, should be accompanied with the design submission

Deadline to submit artworks: September 28, 2020.
Submit your designs at [email protected], with subject line “GDD Design Competition – [YourName]”

Background & Context:

According to the Global Gender Gap Index, Pakistan ranks 151 out of 153 in the list indicating gender disparity in the country. This is also reflected in the mobile ownership pattern of women as compared to men. A 2020 GSMA report found that women are 38 percent less likely to own a mobile phone in Pakistan, and 49 percent less likely to use mobile internet

The gender digital divide is believed to be because of many reasons in Pakistan, including but not limited to infrastructural, economic, social, cultural and religious barriers that are imposed on them, leaving them among the 60 percent of the population still not connected.

Where it is widely accepted and experienced that the internet opens doors of economic, political, social, and other opportunities for its users, the wide gender digital divide is an indication of these avenues barred at women and other gender minorities in the country.

Through this art competition, the aim is to highlight this important issue and advocate for an inclusive internet that is available for everyone. We believe that creative art has the unique power to address complex issues of society in ways more effective than words, and that is why we want digital artists to help us communicate with larger audiences.


  • Please submit art only if you can open it for non-commercial use under creative commons license
  • Editable files will be required from the winning participants
  • Media Matters for Democracy will use and reuse the submitted designs, giving due credit to the artists every time, to support its advocacy on digital rights in Pakistan
  • All the submitted designs will also be shared on MMfD’s social media accounts, and on Hamain Kaisa Internet Chahiye’s website (

For queries, contact [email protected].