Bringing Digital Empwoerment of Women to the Internet Goverance Forum 2104-Istanbul, Turkey

Iffat Gill of ChunriChoupaal at IGF 2014We had the pleasure to share our initiative ChunriChoupaal and its work on women’s digital empowerment at the UN’s Internet Governance Forum 2014 which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2-5 September. We highlighted the issues faced by girls and women to access trainings related to the use of modern information and communication technology and how my women-only center was sensitizing women and girls and exposing them to new horizons of social and economic empowerment.This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues.

You can watch the whole session here.

Our Interventions for Digital Inclusion of Women at WSIS+10 High Level Event, Geneva Switzerland

wsis+10-collageWe are happy to share that ChunriChoupaal made powerful intervention about women empowerment and digital inclusion at the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS+10 High Level Event in Geneva, Switzerland this June! We presented the perspective of grassroots level women leaders from World Pulse community of 60,000. The interventions emphasised on the need for inclusion of more women in the global information society to accelerate their social and economic situation, especially in the developing countries. This current ‘gender’ digital divide calls for more advocacy efforts to enable women’s access to technology, capacity building opportunities and hence, inclusion in global work force. The success of the interventions can be seen via the following statement which was included in the outcome document following our recommendations to the event:

“We reaffirm the importance of promoting and maintaining gender equality and women empowerment, guaranteeing the inclusion of women in the emerging global ICT society…We are committed to ensuring that the Information Society enables women’s empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society and in all decision-making processes.”A statement included in the World Summit on the Information Society-WSIS+10 High Level Event Outcome Document, Geneva 2014!   

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a pair of United Nations-sponsored conferences about information, communication and, in broad terms, the information society that took place in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis. One of its chief aims was to bridge the so-called global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the Internet in the developing world.

You can watch the video of the panel here.

ChunriChoupaal Centers

ChunriChoupaal Centers are Community Technology Centres for Women for the local communities.

CC Centers are based on our award winning project idea“Community Technology Centre for Women.” These centres aim to focus on opportunities for women in the field of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) and sensitize new technology users on the emerging issues and risks associated with making a presence online and data generation. Through this project, ChunriChoupaal is attempting to provide low cost access to both computers and Internet with learning facilitation thus helping these women connect and empower them to improve their lives!

We ran our first pilot-project in a remote Thal desert area of Pakistan where 25 women registered to take part in our trainings program. We are currently looking at partners and community members to collaborate with for further implementation of this project.

ChunriChoupaal is starting!

The first computers have been bought, the first agreements for space are in place… soon we’ll have our first trainings in our first technology center. We are very excited and happy about all the positive reactions we are getting.

More on the program(s) will be posted as we get the information. If you want to get involved, just send us an email at and we’ll get back to you.