The Girls in ICT initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership. Since Nepal Telecommunications Authority in is a part of this global movement, it organizes various programs targeting the day.
This year Nepal Telecommunications Authority organized various programs among which, Mobile App Development Contest was one. NTA in collaboration with WLit (Women Leaders in Technology) successfully hosted the event with the theme, “Fighting Violence Against Women”- a one day hackathon for girls up to undergraduate level where the TECH REPRESENTATIVES from Women in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, Nepal Sangeeta Waiba, Eeda Rijal and Lalita Kc grabbed the 2nd prize for their mobile application “ForHER”.
The application basically was designed to educate girls on self defense techniques from the most used mobile phone itself. Since Nepal is not equipped with various self defenses classes, the team planned to help empower women through their application. The application also has additional features like automatic message generation at case of emergency. According to the winning team, they plan to include other features such as hardware inclusion, “Manis harayeko suchana”, etc. The application is planned to be launched as soon as its features are completed.
A warm Congratulations to the team for keeping their hard work and dedication to make the effects out of it. And thank you the organizer team for conducting the initiatives nationally. We are proud to be a part of it.