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Digital literacy programme for NE women

Digital literacy programme for NE women
Manipur Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla launching “Digital literacy and online safety programme for the women of Northeast” in Imphal on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 5 | Publish Date: 12/5/2018 12:15:46 PM IST

“Digital literacy and online safety programme for the women of Northeast” was launched in Imphal on Wednesday.

The campaign as part of nationwide campaign to digitally empower young girls and women, is a collaborative effort between the National Commission for Women and Facebook along with Cyber Peace Foundation. 

The campaign aimed towards sensitizing women and capacity building to help navigate in the internet space and to empower them to protect themselves and actively respond to issues and incidents like cyber crimes.

It was a pilot project under Digital Literacy Programme and during one-year period, awareness training will be conducted for 60,000 women in universities across major cities of Haryana, Delhi, NCR, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim on safe and responsible use of internet, social media and e-mail. 

Addressing the launching function held at Imphal Hotel, Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that the organizers deserved appreciation for taking an important initiative while asserting that it was of great contemporary relevance to womenfolk of the Northeast. 

She added that the women of the Northeast, particularly women of Manipur were highly talented and they deserved to be sufficiently empowered with the digital technology for a space in this highly competitive world. The women of the region should not be left behind and should be given a level playing field to join the national mainstream, she said and lauded the National Commission for Women, Facebook and the Cyber Peace Foundation for taking the initiatives in the region.

With the launching of the programme especially for the women of the region, the Governor hoped that the Digital North East Vision 2022 which was launched in Guwahati on August 18, 2018 will be given more focus.

The programme will enable trainees to differentiate between credible and questionable information circulated digitally, Dr Heptulla said. State social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen said that the programme was for the women of Northeast, especially for uplifting and digitally empowering the lives of womenfolk of Manipur. 

“The programme seeks to promote digital literacy for women including the precautions that can be taken, raising awareness about cyber crimes through the use of internet,” she said. 

Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma said that women were empowered because of digitalization. 

“Safety of women is a top priority with the knowledge to use internet safely and cautiously,” she said, and added that the commission will organize the same event in Meghalaya and Sikkim in the coming week.

Member of NCW from Manipur Soso Shaiza, president of Cyber Peace Foundation, Capt Vineet Kumar, policy programme manager of India and South Asia Facebook Shruti Moghe, joint secretary of NCW A Asholi Chalai were among other dignitaries who attended the launching function jointly organized by National Commission for Women, Cyber Peace Foundation and Facebook.

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