Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 5 - The digital literacy and online safety programme was launched for the first time in North East India in Manipur to digitally empower young girls and women on Wednesday.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla speaking during the launch of the digital literacy and online safety programme for young girls and women, in Imphal on Wednesday.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, State Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen and Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma attended the launching programme here.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Dr Heptulla said that women of the North East, particularly those of Manipur, are highly talented and deserve to be sufficiently empowered with digital technology for a space in the highly competitive world.
Highlighting the importance of such a programme in view of technological advancements in the country, she said the programme would enable trainees to differentiate between credible and questionable information circulating digitally. “The Internet has come to stay and it is playing a role in our everyday lives like no other technology,” the Governor added.
In her speech, Social Welfare Minister Kipgen said that the current use of the Internet by literate women is still low in the rural and hilly areas, which is due to lack of awareness, ignorance and lack of services as well.
The NCW Chairperson said that women are empowered by digitalisation, and that safety of women is a top priority. The Manipur State women’s commission is planning to digitally empower around 10,000 girls and women across the State, according to chairperson Dr Mainam Binota.
NCW Joint Secretary A Asholi Chalai, NCW member Soso Shaiza, president of the Cyber Peace Foundation Capt Vineet Kumar, policy programme manager Shruti Moghe of India and South Asia, Facebook, and a number of students and working women from various parts of the State attended the day’s programme.
The next States to be covered under the nationwide campaign will include Sikkim and Meghalaya in the North East.
Earlier, the programme on the safe and responsible use of the Internet, social media and e-mail was launched in six States of the country.