Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Pakistan

Date 14 Jul 2020 to 17 Jul 2020
Contact Persons servirhkh@icimod.org
Type Training

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 two years. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ICIMOD piloted a remotely organized version of the four-day in-person training for women in Nepal in May 2020.

In its fourth iteration, the training course is being extended exclusively to eligible women from Pakistan and will provide them with theoretical and practical knowledge in the use of EO data and GIT using real-world examples from the HKH region.

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 to solve emerging environmental problems.


This training is targeted for young women from Pakistan 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 20 young women participants 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. Interested candidates may apply for the participation using the application form available at this link:

The deadline for the submission of applications is 26 June 2020. Selected candidates will be informed via email by 3 July 2019.

  • This training is only meant for women from Pakistan
  • Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a university-level curriculum at the time of application
  • Attendance in the training is free
  • The training will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams; no travel and accommodation support will be extended
  • Selected candidates must ensure the following:
    • Access to a computer with the windows operating system installed
    • Ability to install and run open-source GIS software
    • Access to good internet connection to support audio/video lectures
    • Be available to attend the online sessions from 09:00–17:00 pm (NPT)
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon satisfactory completion of the training
  • Questions regarding selection and/or participation will not be entertained


* Pdf copies of the presentations and resource material used in the training are available for download from corresponding links.

  • Day 1 – 14 July 2020
  • Day 2 – 15 July 2020
  • Day 3 – 16 July 2020
  • Day 4 – 17 July 2020

Resource persons/Facilitators


Rajesh Bahadur Thapa

Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Specialist, ICIMOD

Poonam Tripathi

Training Analyst, ICIMOD

Kiran Shakya

Geospatial Application Development Specialist, ICIMOD

Mandira Singh Shrestha

Programme Coordinator – Climate Services, ICIMOD

Pradeep Dangol

Senior Research Associate, ICIMOD

Downloadable Resources