Pakistan was recorded among the top five at Tech Women 2019. The success will enable the team to transform their entrepreneurship pitch into a reality.
Tech Women enables, connects and supports the upcoming generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by giving them the entrance and opportunity expected to advance their professions, seek after their dreams, and motivate women and young girls in their networks.
Team Pakistan consist of Asmara Rahat, Asna Javed, Ayesha Mumtaz Khan, Farhat Yasmeen, and Zeenat Anjum with expertise ranging from IT to AI and digital media.
Congrats to the #Pakistan team who won their entrepreneurship pitch during the @ECAatState @TechWomen in #California! The 5-member team won the pitch competition for their project designed to reduce child abuse in Pakistan through technology. #STEM #USPAK #USinPAK #USEmbassyISB pic.twitter.com/9M5PRUCfCd— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) November 3, 2019
“Our mission is to reduce child sexual abuse in Pakistan by raising awareness and providing child protection tools, using a new digital platform called Bacha-O. Our objective is to make every child safe by activating the community and engaging all the stakeholders to reduce the number of incidents. A recent report by the Pakistani government depicts an alarming rise in the number of cases of child abuse. Children need a safe environment for societal growth,” the team said on Tech women’s website.
If you could solve one issue in your country, what might it be was an inquiry posed toward the start of tech women 2019 as rising leaders accumulated to introduce their action plan and the procedure of strategising the solution for that one issue.
Team Pakistan introduced as well as recorded among the best five pitches. Their drive was Bacha-o which mirrored the issue of child sexual abuse utilizing an digital platform. Their central goal is to make each child safe which has been on an rise according to the recent report by the Pakistani government.
The Pakistani tech women team intends to make a portal to promote the familiarity with this issue and take more from the ‘Mera Bacha’ which is an existing government portal for reporting child sexual abuse cases.
“We will manufacture wristbands for child protection, create community hubs and an AI chatbot for children, and deliver training for parents and teachers on recognizing and reporting child abuse,” said the team in their interview to TechWomen.
While different teams also presented innovative ideas that were an issue in their relevant countries. Team Kazakhstan was wanting to open their country’s first-ever interactive science exhibition for kids, Team South Africa was hoping to teach the youngsters about gender violence in their country. Team Lebanon tended to the country’s water crisis and wanted to develop science-based groundwater quality management and rules. Lastly, Team Zimbabwe was hoping to help and urge young girls with incapacities to take part in STEM.