What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We believe that to change something big, we need to start doing small things. And it is small projects like this that will create a big impact on our women. We talk of empowering women and organize high level meetings and seminars, and spend millions to find out something that we already know exists. READ Bhutan thinks that it is through small trainings like this one that we can possibly and practically bring out a huge impact to the society in general. Empowering Women with ICT Skills will train and introduce women to modern technologies. This way we will be able to reduce the gap that exists between the privileged women who stay in the urban centers and their counterparts in the rural villages. Most of the projects READ Bhutan has undertaken have a strong women focus.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
The training program will provide skills to more than 500 women in Chuzagang and the neighboring villages. These skilled women will be able to find jobs either part or full time. As a result they will be in a position to earn additional income for the family. For the same reason, these women will now be able to send their children to schools and support them to get quality education. If this training proves successful and that we are able to find relevant jobs for the women trained through this program, we will replicate the programs and reach women in the other parts of the country and develop a highly skilled women workforce for the nation. This will truly be one women empowering project.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
These women will be working at home and often household chores are never ending tasks. As a result the women will never be in a position to attend the training (even if it is provided free of cost) during the day when they also have to attend to their farm work. This is one of the greatest barrier to the training program. However, the program will be designed in such a way that it does not disrupt the normal household working schedule by conducting trainings in the evenings and on the weekends. The trainings can also be conducted on the holy days when people normally avoid working in the field. The most challenging barrier will be the acceptance of men - most will not like their wives being away from home. We will first educate men on the importance of such training and create awareness.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
We will have developed a course content, identified women participants and have one batch trained in the basics.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
In a year's time, we will have developed course content for the advanced training and will have 500 women trained in the basics