February 5: Girls In Tech - Nepal has launched its regional chapter in Province 2. Provincial Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Rameshwar Ray Yadav, Chief Minister of Province 2 Lal Babu Raut, and Lisa Honan, head of DFID Nepal, jointly inaugurated the campaign amidst a special ceremony in Janakpur on February 5.
The campaign aims to provide exposure to school and college girls in technology and combat gender disparity in the technological sector by providing them with skills, according to a statement issued by Girls In Tech –Nepal, a global non-profit platform based in San Fransisco, USA.
“The project was launched by Girls in Tech – Nepal in collaboration with UKaid’s Skills for Employment Programme, Genese Cloud Academy and Fusemachines Nepal. It aims at educating and empowering girls in order to end gender discrimination. Under the project, leadership training will be provided to the girls for boosting their confidence and competitiveness. Moreover, the project will help create an environment for the girls to get jobs in companies,” the statement added.
On the occasion, Baljit Vohra, team leader of UKaid’s Skills for Employment Programme announced a scholarship scheme for 10 girls from economically marginalized families who want to study Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence.
Fourteen-year-old Jyoti Singh, one of the youngest programmers in Nepal was offered the first scholarship and application has been called for the remaining nine seats. Singh is currently studying in class 10 at Janaki Boarding School, Janakpur.
The statement further said that there are not many women IT professionals in Nepal and the tech industry is currently dominated by men. Girls still encounter challenges in the industry. Through this campaign, Girls In Tech - Nepal seeks to provide technology education and skills to girls, employ them in the IT sector, and promote tech equality and combat gender disparity.