Kathmandu, July 17, 2018: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in partnership with Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), conducted a four-day training on “Empowering Women in Geospatial Information Technology (GIT)”, Kathmandu, under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative.
In recent years, technology has developed drastically and new innovation is growing day by day. Nepal, though in a slow pace, is also adapting to the technology being developed. But this adaptation has not been proportional in terms of gender. GIS Mapping, one of the leading innovative technology is creating jobs and confidence in people that supports landscape mapping, smart planning and decision making but inclusion of women in GITrelated jobs is very less in Nepal as well as in other regional member countries in the HKH region. Therefore, SERVIR-HKH is promoting capacity building activities specially designed for women to develop gender balance workforce in the region.
The workshop brought young women from Nepal together and provide theoretical as well as hands on exercises on the use of satellite Earth observation data and GIT. The workshop covered a range of topics including Earth observation for societal benefits, GIT applications in HKH, concepts of remote sensing and GIS, gender perspectives in GIT, team building, importance of women in GIT, GIS operation and mapping using open source tools, python coding, and use of GEE cloud computing environment to solve emerging environmental problems.
The workshop was held on June 25-28, 2018 at ICIMOD, Kathmandu.