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Dr Salma Abbasi and Dr Samuel Ankeli pay a courtesy call to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Kaduna, 15th August 2017

Dr Salma Abbasi, Special Ambassador on Disability Matters for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Dr Samuel Senior Special Advisor to the President of ...

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eWWG Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Senior Special Advisor to the President of Nigeria on Disability Matters, Abuja, 10th August 2017

Dr Salma Abbasi, Chairman eWorldwide Group and Mr Shahzad Akhtar, Managing Director VR1, signed an MoU with Dr Samuel Ankeli the Senior Special Adviso ...

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Dr Salma Abbasi visits KADENAP PAO to see progress made in the fight against Malnutrition, Kaduna, August 2017

Dr Salma Abbasi, Chairman eWorldwide Group and Mr Shahzad Akhtar, Managing Director VR1, visited the KADENAP Project Assurance Office (PAO) to see how ...

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Innovative Use of Assistive Technology

Introduction

At eWWG, we believe that correctly developed and implemented Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions have great potential to assist disenfranchised and marginalized communities around the world. We fully recognize the importance of the contributions that local authorities and the voluntary and community sectors have to make in addressing social inclusion. It is also recognized that action by national and local agencies is unlikely to be fully effective without the support and commitment of community and voluntary groups. eWWG has been involved in community development by promoting inclusion in the information society and knowledge economy for marginalized communities specifically women.

As a philanthropist, our chairperson, Salma Abbasi personally champions the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work and has been involved in social work for nearly 3 decades. Ms Abbasi started her social work as a volunteer supporting elderly people, battered women and children with special needs. From this voluntary social work she became more engaged with the community and started working in the realm of Human Rights, specifically in the area of violence against women and gender empowerment through financial independence and also supported and trained women to build their confidence and personal skills development.

Our division for sustainable development and empowerment, Devtech is primarily focused on; gender empowerment, poverty alleviation through income generation, entrepreneurship development and children with special needs. We have provided financial support to a variety of entrepreneurship and income generation programs across the developing world and have focused on the inclusion of marginalized communities specifically women and youth by working closely with the United Nation, various International development agencies and governments in an advisory capacity and have thus created successful strategies for socio-economic development and women’s empowerment.

We have been working with multiple Governments in an advisory capacity for creating strategies for inclusion and empowerment of marginalized communities specifically youth and women and promoting security and sustainable socioeconomic development; ICT Minister of Mauritius, Minister for Post and Telecommunication, Comoros, the Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Ms. Abbasi is playing a key role for the inclusion of marginalized women in the capacity of a Strategic Advisor to Chair of the British Government Women’s Taskforce Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME), Rt. Hon. Baroness Uddin.

Overview of our international experience for Inclusion Work

1- UK Government Ministry of Community Cohesion – (2008 – Ongoing)

Initiative focused at Inclusion and Engagement of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women
Working in collaboration with the Chair of the British Government Women’s Taskforce, Rt. Hon. Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim member of the House of Lords, to support the organization in the capacity of a strategic advisor to address the under representation of women in public life in order to help make local and central government more representative of the community and thus enable the inclusion of BAME women.

eWWG is supporting the BAME Taskforce in developing strategies, to conduct the holistic multidimensional capability and capacity building of women councillors through a progressive and ongoing process to create a cost effective virtual living network support structure to assist women councillors in effectively performing their roles and responsibilities.

Additionally, awareness campaigns have been conducted to encourage women to step forward to become councillors and to mainstream BAME women in multiple streams of political life.

2- International Telecommunication Union for Development (ITU-D), Geneva, Switzerland – (2008 – Ongoing)

Supporting the Inclusion of Women in Africa
Created and designed different models of Multipurpose Community Telecentres classified under various categories based on the type of services they will be offering to the targeted communities (Business MCT, ICT MCT, Vocational MCT, Agriculture MCT, Fishery MCT, Husbandry MCT, Telemedicine MCT, Gender Specific MCT, Community MCT and e Government MCT) focused on inclusion and empowerment of women in Africa.

This initiative has been initially launched by the ITU for 12 beneficiary countries; Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Mali, Sudan and Zambia. This has assisted the beneficiary countries to implement practical relevant models that provide women the access to ICTs and improve the inclusion of marginalized communities and the gender balance along with practical techniques for sustainable social and economic development. The models were designed to ensure the Integration of gender perspective in the community, commercialization and governance aspects to enable inclusion and true empowerment.

3- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Government of Uganda (ICT Ministry) – (2007)

Creation and Implementation of Sustainable Telecentres
Developed a framework for the creation and implementation of sustainable ICT solutions (SMEs) through the establishment of DBICs at Kampala, Uganda. We have also supported and contributed in a two day workshop organized by UNIDO and Microsoft in Kampala for creating the awareness on the usage of ICT tools for the improvement in productivity and efficiency of SMEs.

The workshop was focused primarily at imparting knowledge to the personnel that will be operating the six pilots DBICs in Uganda. This provided them to have the relevant information to allow for the “Development of sustainable information and communication technologies and Information support services for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the district and rural areas of Uganda” to support the inclusion of marginalized communities specifically youth and women.

4- Chairman of Senate, Governor of Sindh, Pakistan – (2002 – Ongoing)

Inclusion of Children and Youth with Special Needs- Deaf and Dumb
Developed a strategy for using ICTs to provide basic education to deaf and dumb children in the urban and rural areas of Sindh. We donated computers and laptops to enable presentations and workshops for capacity building to occur for parents and multi-media education for children in the rural and urban areas. Transportation was also donated to address the access and mobility issues for children and youth living in peri-urban slums. Partnerships with multi-national organizations are been created to obtain the latest applications to support the education and further inclusion in to society for the children and subsequent employment. i.e. in partnership with the International chambers of commerce, obtained the support of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to operate and manage 5 of their fast food outlet stores by deaf and dumb youths.

5- Family Education Services Foundation (FESF) – (2002 – Ongoing)

First Women’s Leadership Forum in Pakistan (WLF)
Launched the first women’s leadership forum (WLF) in December, 2002 in Karachi, Pakistan. It is a platform, created to facilitate change, and to support women to start and run their own businesses. A regular “Forum” where entrepreneur women could present their business cases, plan, goals and requirements to people from the private and public sectors and donor organizations. This forum was focused at supporting the inclusion of women through financial independence and economic empowerment by enabling them to take their businesses to the next level of success. Subsequent to the forum, special workshops and mentoring was provided to the women to support the creation of simple business plans for their home-based businesses. e WWG after that funded these plans and created a local support network with local government offices which resulted in the creation of new SMEs.

6- Royal Bind Institute, London, UK and IDA RIEU Welfare Association, School for the Blind – (2002)

Inclusion of Children and Youth with Special Needs – Blind
Researched various training aids and tools available in partnership with the Royal Blind Institute, London, UK to be able to provide the latest modified ‘gadgets’ to allow the inclusion into information society i-e, Braille keyboards, screens, voice activated devices, special videos and toys that promoted learning for children with varying degrees of blindness.

7- Federal Ministry of IT and Telecommunication (MOITT), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), – (2007)

Pakistan’s First International ICT4D Conference for the Inclusion of Youth and Women
Organized Pakistan’s first International ICT4D conference in March, 2007 which was based on sharing best practices, lessons learned, and critical success factors for sustainability. Eighteen (18) International speakers and experts were invited from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and UK. The conference was conducted in 3 major cities; Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, inviting over 900 women and students from diverse areas and backgrounds. The format of this conference was interactive, through the active engagement of all the participants through a series of exercises which focused on launching specific projects on sustainable development through practical income generation and entrepreneurship development programs which resulted in the inclusion of youth and women.

The objective of this workshop was to allow the marginalized women and youth to use ICTs as an enabler for Income Generation and support the Government’s initiatives to meet the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). Additionally, this platform was used to create a working group of ICT users and build a support network for success.

8- Toyota, Indus Motors Pakistan – (2007)

Initiative for the Inclusion and Engagement of Marginalized Communities
Conducted a detailed needs assessment of Razzaqabad Goth (village) to identify the key skills and capabilities of the local community and created innovative income generation methods to effectively utilize the local skills and enable the inclusion of these marginalized communities through economic empowerment. We also created a model for the up gradation and enhancement of the local clinic to transform it into a telemedicine centre which provided valuable information to prevent diseases and out breaks from spreading in the local community.

9- Nazim (Mayor) of Jacobabad – (2007, 2005, 2002)

Initiative for the Inclusion and Engagement of Marginalized Women
We have supported the Women Crisis Centre in Jacobabad, in rural Sindh, Pakistan, where we conducted workshops on networking with other support organizations to build awareness in women about their rights from an Islamic perspective along with skills development for home-based businesses that supported their economic empowerment along with regaining their self respect and self esteem in society. Additionally, a support network was created with women of ‘means’ and professional women to provide clothes, expertise advice and other types of support that were required to enable their re-engage and inclusion into the society.

10- Multiple Organizations and Governments – Preventing Violence Against Women (1981 – Ongoing)

Awareness and Empowerment of Women
We have been actively involved in multiple activities for preventing violence against women and using various techniques to bridge the gender gap and enable the inclusion of marginalized women. Our Chairperson created a support group for counselling battered women in the Bay area, USA. For this purpose, she created a network of professional support services that they required from the South Asian women’s group, “NARI”. She conducted confidence building workshops which allowed the reintegration of battered women into the society. This initiative greatly supported the inclusion of these marginalized women. Later she founded a non-profit organization in California called “Rahima” with Sister Habibe Hussain, concentrating on assisting the marginalized Muslim people in the Bay Area community. Salma Abbasi also performed counselling of the first generation of Asian American Muslim girls on cultural clashes and established “mother and daughter” events to encourage dialogue between both the generations and to get a better understanding of the invisible social pressures faced by youth. She designed and conducted a series of workshops at community centres, mosques and shelters that supported confidence building and personal skills development to enable the re-entry of battered women in to society. This enabled the women to become economically empowered and thus sustain their independence.