Women mentor wanted for tribal girls and women

Today, we are delighted to write to you about a very special initiative that Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) launched this International Women’s Day. On March 8, 2018, DEF laid the foundation of GOAL or Going Online as Leaders, a Digital Mentorship Initiative for Tribal Women Leadership.

GOAL has been conceived as an initiative to identify and select 100 urban women leaders, all experts in their respective fields, and link each one of them to five tribal girls who will be trained in digital literacy by our ground staff and mentored by the women leaders to become village-level women leaders and agents of change. By the end of this year-long project, the 100 women leaders, who will hold expertise in their respective domains — from business, education and health to politics, arts and entrepreneurship—will inspire, guide and encourage 500 tribal girls and women to become village-level digital young leaders across 50 locations of India.

During the course of the 12-month project, the young girls will be trained in functional digital literacy; equipped with basic digital tools; and nurtured to instill life skills, leadership qualities, advocacy skills and entrepreneurial attitude. The mentorship and digital training of the girls will be supported by DEF’s pre-established Community Information Resource Centres (CIRCs) located in the vicinity of these tribal areas. Trainers from these CIRCs, which are well equipped with digital infrastructure and online or offline resources to provide a conducive physical environment for learning, will facilitate the digital literacy of the girls through a dedicated digital literacy curriculum; while the 100 women leaders will mentor the girls remotely through fortnightly audio or video-based calls, WhatsApp-based messages and Facebook and Instagram updates.

If you, too, are a woman keen to inspire and mentor five tribal girls, join our initiative; click here to become a mentor. The initiative also seeks from the urban women leaders to contribute Rs. 5000 each, which would go towards digitally empowering five tribal girls @ Rs. 1000 per girl for a year. We would also encourage you to share about this unique initiative in your offline and online networks to truly build a pool of encouraging urban women leaders who will, over the course of 12 months, mentor 500 young tribal girls to become leaders in their village.

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Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. Established in 2002, with the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in rural locations of India.

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