Empowering women in geospatial information technology – 2023 edition

Date 13 Jun 2023 to 16 Jun 2023
Venue Zoom
Contact Persons servirhkh@icimod.org
Type Training
Programmes SERVIR-HKH

Empowering WoGIT – 2023 edition

About the training

Our SERVIR-HKH Initiative is organising this training to build the capacity of women from across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region in geospatial information technology (GIT).

We will use a blended learning approach for this training for women in GIT (WoGIT), incorporating presentations and guided practical exercises. In the context of emerging environmental issues, we will cover a wide range of topics that can complement solutions and decision making, including the fundamental principles of geographic information systems (GIS), basic remote sensing (RS) concepts, GIS data use and visualisation, geoprocessing and analytical query, RS image interpretation and mapping, and map production using open-source tools. The training will also provide an overview of SERVIR-HKH’s services in land cover analysis and disaster preparedness.

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We will be communicating additional details soon, including the meeting link and other relevant information.

Thank you for your attention, and we are excited to have you participate in the training.


We aim to train young women from the HKH region on the use of Earth observation (EO) data and GIT for different applications. By equipping these women with the necessary skills and knowledge, we aim to bridge the gender gap in the EO/GIT sector and foster women’s leadership in this field across HKH countries.

Expected outcomes

Upon completing the training, the participants will better understand the concepts and applications of EO and GIT linked to SERVIR-HKH services, enabling them to use the knowledge gained professionally.

Expected participants

We expect to take in 200 young women participants (25 from each HKH country) with an academic background in geography, science, engineering, surveying, environmental science, and/or information technology.

Interested candidates may apply for participation here: https://servir.icimod.org/wogit-application-form/

The deadline for the submission of applications is 26 May 2023. Selected candidates will be informed via email by 2 June 2023.

Participation requisites

  • This training is exclusively for women from the HKH countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
  • Applicants must have 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 online on Zoom only; travel and accommodation support is not covered.
  • 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 reliable internet connection that supports audio/video lectures
    • Availability to attend the online sessions during 13:00–17:00 (NPT)

*Please check the agenda for the timings of daily sessions

  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion only upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
    • Attendance: Attend at least 80% of the training sessions
    • Assessment forms: Complete the pre- and post-training assessment forms, which will be provided during the training
    • Quiz: Pass the training-related quiz with a minimum score of 50% within 10 days of completing the training.
  • Questions regarding selection and/or participation will not be entertained.


GIT refers to the use of technologies to collect, store, manipulate, analyse, and visualise spatial or geographic data related to the Earth’s surface and human activity. It uses a range of technologies and concepts including remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and cartography. GIT has multifold applications in decision making for natural resource management, land use and urban planning, and environmental and natural resource management, among other areas.

The fields of EO and GIT have seen significant advancements, leading to increased opportunities for innovation in spatial sciences, natural resource management, landscape mapping, strategic planning, and decision making. However, women are underrepresented in the EO/GIT sector, despite their critical role in environmental management and decision making. This gender disparity is particularly prevalent in the HKH region. To address this evident gender gap, we have been organising WoGIT training programmes for young and early-career women under our SERVIR-HKH Initiative for the past five years (2018–2022). In 2022, we scaled out this concept to all HKH countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Through the WoGIT initiative, we aim to provide significant growth opportunities for women professionals and encourage them to pursue careers in EO/GIT. We hope to empower women to take on leadership roles in this field and reduce the gender gap in the EO/GIT sector across the HKH region.



Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Tentative agenda

All timestamps are in NPT.

  • Monday, 12 June 2023
    Time Topic
    13:00–14:00 Registration
      Introduction to the training, and troubleshooting any issues related to the installation of required software – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Pre-training assessment (10 min)

  • Tuesday, 13 June 2023
    Time Topic
    13:00–14:00 Opening session (S1)
      Training overview (15 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Keynote speech (30 min) – Chinaporn Meechaiya, ADPC

    SERVIR-HKH’s efforts towards bridging the gender gap in the HKH (10 min) – Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD

    Group photo

    14:00–15:15 Afternoon session (S2)
      GIS concepts and applications (40 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Accessing geospatial datasets from ICIMOD’s Regional Database System (30 min) – Sudip Pradhan, ICIMOD

    15:15–15:30 Break
    15:30–17:00 Afternoon session (S3)
      Hands-on exercises – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Vector data exploration and visualisation in QGIS

    Working with vector data, layer properties, projection, symbology, label tools, etc.

    Using vector geometry tool to calculate area, field calculator, joining attributes

    Exploring geoprocessing tools

    Using query builder to perform queries

  • Wednesday, 14 June 2023
    Time Topic
    13:00–15:15 Afternoon session (S4)
    Reflections of the previous day (30 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    RS concepts and applications (40 min) – Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, ICIMOD

    Hands-on exercises – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Exploration and analysis of raster data in QGIS, visualisation, merging, clipping

    Raster data for topographic analysis – digital elevation model (DEM), slope, aspect, etc.

    Use of the raster calculator to perform image calculations

    15:15–15:30 Break
    15:30–17:00 Afternoon session (S5)
    Hands-on exercises – session continued

    Satellite data visualisation and interpretation

    Information extraction, tables, charts, visualisation

    Results interpretation

  • Thursday, 15 June 2023
    Time Topic
    13:00–15:30 Afternoon session (S6)
    Reflections of the previous day (30 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Integrating gender equity and social inclusion principles into geospatial services (20 min) – Shiba Satyal, ICIMOD

    Hands-on exercises – session continued

    Create your data with EO datasets

    (Creating and editing vector layers, i.e. point, line, and polygon)

    Map production in QGIS

    15:15–15:30 Break
    15:30–17:00 Afternoon session (S7)
    SERVIR-HKH services – Introduction to Regional Land Cover Monitoring System (RLCMS) data and applications (20 min) – Sajana Maharjan, ICIMOD

    Demonstration of land cover analysis using the RLCMS/National Land Cover Monitoring System (NLCMS) – TBD

  • Friday, 16 June 2023
    Time Topic
    13:00–15:30 Afternoon session (S8)
    Reflections of the previous day (30 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Introduction to the High-Impact Weather Assessment Tool (HIWAT) – Manish Shrestha, ICIMOD

    Introduction to the Flash Flood Prediction Tool and the flood inundation mapping tool – Manish Shrestha, ICIMOD

    15:15–15:30 Break
    15:30–17:00 Afternoon session (S9)
    Reflections on the training (50 min) – Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, ICIMOD

    Post-training assessment (20 min) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD

    Closing remarks (10 min) – Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD