Two months long Digital Shakti campaign kicks off
The inaugural function of two months long Digital Shakti campaign was held today at Sangai Conference Hall, Hotel Imphal.
The campaign on digital literacy and online safety programme for women of northeast was organised by National Commission for Women (NCW) in association with Cyber Peace Foundation and Facebook.
Manipur is the first state to launch this campaign amongst the northeast states. The campaign was conceived in June 18 this year with an objective to make every woman digitally empowered and it has already been launched in six states of India.
Addressing the function as chief guest, governor, Najma Heptullah appreciated the organisers for taking the initiative of organising the highly useful programme which is of contemporary relevance to womenfolk in the northeast.
She further said that the central government recently launched ‘Digital North East Vision Document, 2022’ in Guwahati with an objective of improving digital connectivity and infusing digital literacy in the northeast alongside other states of the country.
The chief host of today’s function, Rekha Sharma, who is the chairperson of NCW, said that the present government is very much focusing in digitalisation of all offices to bring transparency. So those who are technically incompetent will be difficult to survive in this modern world. With the advent of digital era, women are getting empowered as they can also do so many things, by just sitting at the home, which men usually do at one point of time, she stated.
Saying the negative side of digital technology, she said, “If we do not use internet safely and cautiously it will create lot of social issues in which women will be the victim at the end. So to prevent from all these impacts, every woman has to be equipped with digital knowledge.”
Delivering his presidential speech, president of Cyber Peace Foundation, Vineet Kumar said that the campaign was first launched on June 18 of this year with an objective to make every woman digitally empowered. It aims to train around 60,000 women in India by covering seven states of the country namely Haryana, Delhi NCR, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim, he added. Out of these seven states, only Sikkim and Meghalaya is yet to launch the programme, he said.
During the campaign, training will be provided on how to use internet and social media safely and cautiously. Any women who are above the age of 13 can avail the benefit of the programme.
Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) is targeting to cover 10,000 women in this digital literacy programme within the span of two years. During the two-month long campaign, 15 women will be selected for Training of Trainers (TOT) so that they could carry on the digital literacy programme.
Other dignitaries attended in the function were Social Welfare minister, Nemcha Kipgen and policy programme manager of India and South Asia, Facebook, Shruti Moghe as guests of honour.
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