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Digital Empowerment Training for Women

A campaign by Code for Nepal

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This summer, Code for Nepal will run a digital empowerment training program for young women in Nepal. We are seeking your support to turn our vision into a reality!


In the developing world, and especially in South Asia, women use the Internet at disproportionately lower rates than men. Digital skills are key to success in the 21st century. We hope to close the gender gap in Internet usage in Nepal, empowering women and improving their livelihoods.

Our training will take place this summer in Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu. The course will equip 20 young women with valuable digital skills, connect them to mentors, and help add their voices to the larger conversation about the future of Nepal, a post-conflict country. Participants will be recruited for an intensive two-week training program organized around guest lectures from leading journalists, social media strategists, and entrepreneurs in Nepal.

CLASS Photo Credit: Rajneesh Bhandari

  • $10 donation will cover one women for one day of training.
  • $50 donation will cover one women for one week of training.
  • $100 donation will cover one woman for the full two weeks of the program.

We hope to raise $2,500 to cover 20 students, as well as logistics and incidentals. Please check out our website ( to learn more about our work, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@codefornepal).

Ravi Kumar
Ravi Kumar, @ravinepal
Ravi believes that open practical data geeks and communicators can not only spread the message but also build products that everyone, especially women and minorities, can use to make our society more equal. Ravi has co-founded a non-profit, Grassroot Movement in Nepal (GMIN), which builds schools in remote parts of his native Nepal. He has Masters of Science degree in Digital media and investigative journalism from Columbia University. In November 2013, he was a visiting Digital Media lecturer and Academic and Cultural Series Speaker at Buena Vista University, his alma mater, where he earned a BA in 2010.

Mia Mitchell
Mia Mitchell, @ameliahmitchell
Mia is a social entrepreneur, women’s rights advocate, and co-founder of Code for Nepal. She’s currently a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, she worked for the State Department in the Bureau of African Affairs and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She graduated from Smith College with honors, where she studied government and economics. She’s passionate about human rights, technology, and international development, especially in post-conflict and fragile states.

Rajneesh Bhandari
Rajneesh Bhandari, @RajneeshB
Journalist Manager
Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist based in Nepal with nine years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, AFP, Asia Calling, IPSTV, Headlines Today, Film@11 and Kantipur Television. He has also contributed to PBS, BBC and other local and regional media outlets.He has also worked as the Multimedia Editor of European Journalism Center’s, an international online website with reporters in countries around the world. In June 2012 he produced Living with Autism, probably the first iPad Book from Nepal. He is the co-ordinator of Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media, isolated in a room for 72 hrs and manages, a website that promotes rural

Shashi Adhikari
Shashi Adhikari, @AdhikariShashi
Program Analyst
Shashi is an aspiring entrepreneur and social media enthusiast. He is pursuing bachelors in computer science at KIIT in India. He likes to visit new places, make new friends and read tech blogs.

Thanks for your support!
--The Code for Nepal Team

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