May Doe Kabar and UNDP Launch iWomen-Inspiring Women App
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Dr Myat Myat Ohn Khin (middle) gets to know the iWomen - Inspiring Women app. Photo: Shobhna Decloitre/UNDP
[Nay Pyi Taw- March 8] May Doe Kabar, Myanmar Rural Women’s Network today made its entry into the technology world, with the launch of a mobile phone application that connects rural Myanmar women to knowledge, inspiration and resources.
The new mobile app, a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Myanmar and May Doe Kabar, was featured in Nay Pyi Taw during the International Women’s Day celebration.
The iWomen - Inspiring Women app was designed by rural Myanmar women and built entirely by Myanmar tech women. The app is dedicated to supporting rural women of Myanmar to become leaders in their communities together with men to make life better for all people of Myanmar.
“Developing the iWomen app has been a wonderful journey for the members of May Doe Kabar. Our members began co-designing the mobile application only days after having discovered what an app was. This app suits rural women’s needs,” said Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Daw Cho Aye.
iWomen app has functions which have been carefully brought together to build rural women’s confidence, to give them instant access to knowledge and the opportunity to communicate and help each other on a daily basis. “Be Inspired” is a mentoring function that showcases successful women’s achievements. May Doe Kabar members felt that the more that rural women saw the variety of ways that women can live successful lives by reading other women’s experiences, the more they will be inspired to try something new and to succeed. The “Be Knowledgeable” function on the iWomen App presents reliable facts and advice for women’s advancement and rights protection. “Be Together” is a map-based locator function that, along with “Talk Together”, app enables rural women to connect with community-based organizations and share ideas, good fellowship and peer support across vast distances.
“While rural women being at the forefront of technology is rarely heard of, May Doe Kabar’s energy and commitment in developing the the app is commendable. The app will not only be useful to the 22,000 members of the Network but also to all the other rural women in Myanmar seeking inspiration to improve their lives,” said UNDP Country Director, Mr Toily Kurbanov.
The app has been developed with funding from UNDP Innovation Fund and the Governments of Sweden and Denmark.
iWomen app, developed for android phones can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.undp_iwomen.iwomen
UNDP Communications Specialist