iCube by Peace University, USA and Sustainable Development Policy Institute – SDPI will host #HackThePad in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 14th, a Women’s Health & Hygiene Conference. The organizers are calling on leaders – across sectors, regions and generations countrywide – to take action and uphold the cause of gender parity in the country.
When women are healthy and have an option instead of a chance, development occurs across all sectors and nations prosper. Gender equality and the realization of maternal, and reproductive health and rights are human rights and are absolutely fundamental for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Pakistan has largely been a society closed to health issues specific to women. Talking about feminine hygiene is a major taboo even in moderate and educated circles and hence there hasn’t been much progress, let alone invention or innovation.
#HackThePad is all about creating a spirit to invent innovate and investigate to advance the female well being and the rights, and find solutions that have girls and women at the heart.
What to Expect from #HackThePad Event
#HackThePad Women’s Health and Hygiene Conference 2018, will have sessions from keynotes to social enterprise awards, workshops to film screenings, and countless opportunities to engage, gather inspiration, and build a more gender equal country.
A post-conference hackathon will build on the conference’s themes. The solutions will not just be technological, but of all sorts to overcome women health and hygiene problems, advancing the health, rights and well-being of girls and women.
The conference will include more than 20 talks, panel discussions, workshops and special sessions all together, focusing on how we can achieve a lasting impact for the women and girls in our lives and around us.
#HackThePad will also feature special events including stand up comedy, a band performance, short film screening, social entrepreneurship awards, and an activity for kids to understand what gender equality means starting young.
This is a call to Volunteers, Speakers, Panelists, Moderators and Sponsors to help make the conference a success in delivering real-life solutions to the problems Pakistani women face.
Recognizing Social Entrepreneurship
The organizers are also inviting nominations for social entrepreneurship awards until 9th of May. Two outstanding entrepreneurs finding innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of girls and women will be awarded in the conference after the submissions are judged by a panel of experts.
SDPI, WaterAid, Women and Girls Health Initiative, Menstrupedia, WASH United, Menstrual Hygiene Day, The Homeless Period, Emaxer, Digital International, Modern Standards, Sehat Kahani, IRSP, SSWM, MITEF, Herself, Bookitnow.pk, Shopistan, ProPakistani, Code for Pakistan are some of the organizations that believe in and are participating to support the cause.
Registration to the #HackThePad event is now open and can be found here. To receive the latest updates on Conference speakers, schedules, and events, you can subscribe to their newsletter and follow iCube on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.