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Samsung Electronics Volunteers Help Empower Young Women in Nepal

“Know yourself before being someone’s wife,” shared a Nepalese girl after finding new possibilities herself

“Women can and need to be independent,” said Kyunghwa Yu (Senior Professional, Samsung Global Strategy Group), an employee volunteer. “Sharing examples of women who decided to dream and made those dreams come true, I wanted to let the Nepalese girls know that they could do it, too.”

A volunteer shows students how to effectively capture images using a digital camera

While equal rights continue to be widely discussed, gender equality hasn’t necessarily been the norm in many parts of the world. According to the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)’s 2015 gender inequality index(GII: higher the score, more severe the inequality), the average of South Asian countries (0.520) are behind the world (0.443) in terms of gender equality. Nepal is also part of the struggle – especially as it’s still recovering from the massive earthquakes that hit the mountainous country.

To help address this challenge, 25 Samsung Electronics employee volunteers travelled to Nepal last September to run the Designer’s School for Women Entrepreneurship*, a one-week course that focused on empowering girls and young women with skills in design and technology.

The Designer’s School for Women Entrepreneurship taught basics in business & marketing, writing resumes, interview skills and also held workshops for image-taking, editing and graphic design.

The teachers were at first worried that the students might have a hard time keeping up with the classes. But they were soon overwhelmed by the passion of the students – they would give up their breaks to ask questions and one girl, based on what she’d learned, even handed in her resume to a local designer.

Jihae Lim (Senior Designer, Future Experience Design Group, Visual Display Business) emphasized that it is important to empower people. “While many Nepalese women knit, it wasn’t until someone started selling it and invited more people to take part before it bloomed into a business,” she says. “We need to tap into the talents already in place and work to develop them into marketable practices. In enabling them to be independent, we take a step closer to sustainable development.”

Kusum, a local student, said that her eyes were opened to futures she previously hadn’t even dreamed of. And inspired by these new possibilities, she shared her passion with fellow young women in her area in the form of a poem.

by Kusum

Many nights has given to you
Why don’t you practice it?
Don’t be quivered
What you can do just exhibit
Whatever was yesterday year
Let’s not feelings to quelled
Hey queen, crown is falling down
Don’t be moped
Don’t humiliate yourself
Just hatch your ideas
You’re the supreme of own
If needed just do rumpus
Be like a bonny moon
Who knows to glow in the dark
fight against your fear
Rush up, and try to stroke
Don’t be boggled
Be drivers of yourself
Sortie your afraidness
Create world full of light
plant new beautiful flowers
in your moored life
Know yourself, get yourself
Before being some’s wife

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