The SERVIR-HKH Initiative Empowering Women in Geospatial Information Technology Program 2023 is now accepting applications. This program is being organized by the SERVIR-HKH Initiative to increase the ability of women from throughout the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) area in geospatial information technology (GIT).
For this program for women in GIT (WoGIT), they will adopt a mixed learning approach that will include presentations as well as guided practical activities. They will cover a wide range of topics that can supplement solutions and decision making in the context of emerging environmental issues, such as the fundamental principles of geographic information systems (GIS), basic remote sensing (RS) concepts, GIS data use and visualization, geoprocessing and analytical query, RS image interpretation and mapping, and map production using open-source tools. The seminar will also give an overview of SERVIR-HKH’s land cover analysis and disaster preparedness services.
They aim to train young women from the HKH region on the use of Earth observation (EO) data and GIT for different applications. By equipping these women with the necessary skills and knowledge, we aim to bridge the gender gap in the EO/GIT sector and foster women’s leadership in this field across HKH countries. Upon completing the training, the participants will better understand the concepts and applications of EO and GIT linked to SERVIR-HKH services, enabling them to use the knowledge gained professionally.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion only upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
- Attendance: Attend at least 80% of the training sessions.
- Assessment forms: Complete the pre- and post-training assessment forms, which will be provided during the training.
- Quiz: Pass the training-related quiz with a minimum score of 50% within 10 days of completing the training.
- This training is exclusively for women from the HKH countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a university-level curriculum at the time of application.
- Selected candidates must ensure the following:
- Access to a computer with the Windows operating system installed
- Ability to install and run open-source GIS software
- Access to reliable internet connection that supports audio/video lectures
- Availability to attend the online sessions during 13:00–17:00 (NPT)
They expect to take in 200 young women participants (25 from each HKH country) with an academic background in geography, science, engineering, surveying, environmental science, and/or information technology.
The deadline for the submission of applications is May 26, 2023. Selected candidates will be informed via email by June 2, 2023. The program will hold from June 13, 2023 to June 16, 2023.