09.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Mobile Apps Training to Empower Young Women in Rural Areas

Sumbawa, 31 October 2016 – UNESCO Office in Jakarta, in partnership with the Innovation and Inclusive Business Working Group, under Deputy V of the Coordinating Ministry for Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, organized the “National Training for Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship and Digital Application” from 28 to 31 October in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara.

The training of 30 young women utilized the training module developed by Code4Nation group, and was supported by the local government and the Sumbawa Technology University. The co-founder of Code4Nation group and executive coordinator of the Innovation and Inclusive Business Working Group, Ms. Marina Kusumawardhani, stated that the initiative trained the young women to produce five mobile phone applications that would be useful to the region, particularly for the agricultural and small and medium enterprises sectors.

The training was directed at young women as a lot of Indonesian young women have yet to benefit from Indonesia’s economic development due to gender inequality. The reason Sumbawa was chosen as the location of the training was because Sumbawa’s Gender Parity Index (GDI) was considered one of the lowest in Indonesia.

The utilization of digital mobile applications is expected to provide access to a wider market for the products created by the villages in the rural areas to find urban and even global markets, in order to improve the lives of the people. The digital applications are also hoped to provide greater transparency of the information industry for the rural people, as well as encourage the presence of other forms of technologies such as information infrastructure and financial access.

Mr. Edy Putra Irawady, Deputy of Trade and Industry Section of the Coordinating Ministry for Economy, stated that the digital applications would help cut the supply chain for commodity products from the agriculture, fisheries and small and medium enterprises sectors, increase cost efficiency, and lead to greater income for the farmer and fishermen as well as lower product price for the consumers. This training is also in-line with UNESCO’s mandate to promote universal access to information for all, including populations located in the most remote areas.

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