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Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Afghanistan 2021 edition

Organizer ICIMOD
Date 20 Jun 2021 to 23 Jun 2021
Venue Online training course (via Microsoft Teams)
Contact Persons
Type Training

Afghanistan WOGIT


Frequent transformative developments in the fields of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT) build more possibilities in the fields of spatial sciences, natural resource management, landscape mapping, and strategic planning and decision making. Although women play a vital role in environmental management and decision making, their engagement and participation in the EO/GIT workforce is very low in Asia, especially in the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

In this context, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been organizing the “Empowering women in geospatial information technology” training under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative for the past three years in Nepal and Pakistan. In its seventh iteration, this intensive four-day course is being offered to eligible women in Afghanistan using a blended learning approach – presentations and guided practical exercises.

The training will cover a wide range of topics, including principles of geographic information system (GIS), basic concepts of remote sensing (RS), image calculation and spectral indices and mapping using open-source tools, and drought monitoring to solve emerging environmental problems.


This training aims to train young women from Afghanistan on the use of EO data and GIT, empowering and encouraging them to consider careers in GIT and its applications. This will support ICIMOD's efforts to bridge the gender gap in the GIT field.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of the training, the participants will have a better understanding of the concepts and applications of GIS and RS, which will enable them to use the knowledge gained professionally.

Expected Participants

A total of 50 young women participants from Afghanistan with an academic background in the fields of geography, science, engineering, survey, environmental science and/or information technology are expected to participate in this training.

  • Participation prerequisites


All time stamps are in Afghanistan Standard Time (AFT)

  • Pre-training preparation – 19 June 2021.





    Training overview and introduction of the participants – Rajesh Bahadur Thapa and Waheedullah Yousafi, ICIMOD

    Familiarization with Microsoft Teams – Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai, ICIMOD

    Installation of QGIS - Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai, ICIMOD

    Pre-training assessment – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

  • Day 1 – 20 June 2021
  • Day 2 – 21 June 2021
  • Day 3 – 22 June 2021
  • Day 4 – 23 June 2021