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Pakistan - Tech4Empowerment

Vopak Pakistan (Karachi)

Together with CIRCLE the WeConnect team in Pakistan has introduced a new, innovative project that provides young people -mostly young women- from underserved communities in Karachi with digital and life skills to bridge the digital gender and economic divide. 

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With less than 25% women in the formal labor force, women in Pakistan are an underutilized potential. 

The #Tech4Empowerment project brings them basic tech skills combined with life skills and mentorship to enable them to increase their livelihood, and generate a positive impact on their families and communities. Through building women as economic agents, the project will help transform Pakistan’s future and break the endemic trap of poverty and lack of education.

More about the program:

  • The program aims to familiarize the students with coding through software like HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript Programming. 
  • They will have both theory classes and lab sessions for hands-on experience.
  • Besides, the young women will be educated on using the internet to find need-based information on health care, education, and legal rights.
  • To navigate the challenges that Pakistani youth, and especially women, face, they are equipped with life skills such as adaptive leadership, creative and critical thinking, mindfulness, problem-solving and self-defense.
  • During the first three months, a counselor will support the young women in building the resilience muscle.
  • Tech mentors from local technology firms are there to meet with the students monthly to coach and mentor them.  
  • At the end of the project, all participants will start freelancing work under supervision through partnerships with several companies.

The program was kicked-off in February 2018 and will run for eight months.

Want to know more about CIRCLE, click here to enter their website. 

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