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Nasscom to train girls to use technology to address gender equality issues and avail government services

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The Nasscom Foundation on Tuesday said it would train girls to use technology to address gender equality issues like violence, health and education.

The Indian IT industry apex body’s Foundation said it has partnered with US-based financial services major American Express for the project.

“American Express will be donating Rs 1.32 crore for the project. As part of the Nasscom Foundation’s ‘Nasscom Social Innovation Forum’, the project aims to provide free technology education to girls utilising the available free public library spaces as training centres,” a statement from the Foundation said.

The project will be run in four libraries in the National Capital Region of the country, catering to a minimum of 200 girls each year, per library.

Girls aged between 12 and 22 would be trained to use tools like mobile phones, computers and tablets.

They will be taught how to use social media, e-commerce websites, how to avail government services by registering for ration cards and Aadhaar cards, the statement said.

“The project enables them to use innovative technology-based solutions to resolve key gender equality issues like violence, health and economic and political empowerment,” it said.

The project will be run by the Indian Public Library Movement, a Nasscom Foundation’s initiative in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to turn public libraries into knowledge spaces.

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