All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. – Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
Everyone are quite familiar with the term ‘rights’; they know they have a right to be paid for the work they do and the right to vote. But they might not be familiar with so many other existing rights. When any human being is unknown to other human rights, there exist abuses such as discrimination, intolerance, injustice, oppression and slavery etc.
After the massive loss of life during the World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created by United Nation to provide common ground understanding on everyone’s rights on the basis of freedom, justice and peace. The status on issues of human rights in Nepal has not been good due to political unrest, low education and other factors. The most common issues like disappearance, violence against women, tortures, arrests, executions etc has not been addressed properly by the concerned authorities and the awareness is quite lesser in these areas. Having said that, EMFOUND believes that technology intervention could help in problem solving in some extend. Nepal, where the internet penetration rate is above 60% and access to technology (phones) is 100%, building innovative solution to create awareness in Human Rights could be the best possible way of solving the problem. In this regard, we would like to partner with Nepal Human Rights Commission in order to initiate an effort to find ways of making human rights processes effective and efficient thru technology. Mobilization of youth and empowering them by giving ownership and responsibilities will definitely benefit the huge group of people who are not aware of what the human right is?
As an initiation, Human Rights Appathon is being organized by the combine effort of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal (MIC Nepal), Ellaine Memorial Foundation, National Human Rights Commission, Microsoft Technology & Human Rights Center and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), where designers, developers, strategists and project managers who want to make a difference through technology will gather and work in an unnerving, challenging and fast paced event to develop many innovation solutions in the theme based on how to engage youths in process of awareness of human rights.
With Human Rights Appathon/Hackathon, an ambitious and transformative initiative, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal is leveraging the capabilities of challenging development professionals to create an innovative solutions that leverages technology and development to deliver real results.
Appathon #HumanRights Developers, designers, programmers and technical people have teamed up and are in the competition against each other in an energetic race of programming to develop innovative solutions. We are with 101 participants at the moment coding for 72 hours on their ideas to develop best solutions. Youth for Reconstruction Hackathon will be residential, 3 days and 2 nights and is being conducted on February 5-7, 2016.