DKC winners to ensure women’s participation in digital spaces

Diplomatic Correspondent

29 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The final round of the seventh edition of the Digital Khichuri Challenge (DKC) 2021, a competition for Bangladeshi young changemakers for formulating solutions to make the digital space safer and more tolerant, was virtually held on Sunday.

Supported by the ICT Division, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised the programme titled “The Unsafety Net: How Online Abuse is Driving Women Out of Digital Spaces,” to find ways to counter and protect women from online harassment.

Five groups of youth presented the ideas in the hackathon.

Team ‘Cyber Saver’ won the title and ‘N te Nari, N te Nirapotta’ was the runner up in the students/campaigns category. In the start-up category, ‘TransEnd’ was the winner and ‘Cyber Teens’ the runner up.

Speakers in the said Bangladesh programme has made remarkable progress in ensuring a more gender-equitable society, but cyberspace is still not women and girls friendly, as with nearly 60 percent of female experiencing harassment online.

Addressing as the guest of honour, UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said, “While Bangladesh has been successful in the countering of violent extremism over the past years, radicalisation among the Bangladeshi youths remains a concern”.

Two start-ups, “Cyber Teens” and “TransEnd”, and three campaigns, “Cyber Justice for Eve”, “Cyber Saver” and “N te Nari, N te Nirapotta”; made it to the final round of the hackathon.