In a first, UN funds reach JK for Census workshop

Hi-Tech Software To Be Used For Easy Data Dissemination

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 25: For the first time ever, the United Nations has funded a crucial workshop on data dissemination to be tried on sophisticated software produced by India to sensitize the stakeholders on the data information provided in the latest Census of 2011 in Jammu and Kashmir.
 The workshop, according to officials, will help users make available all the information provided in the Census in less time, including about districts, places in the State.
 The two-day workshop will begin in Jammu from December 26.
 Officials in the State Census Department said the users would be imparted training by using new software called ‘Census Info’—a tool for data dissemination made by India with active technological support from the United Nations.
 “The workshop is a first of its kind in J&K,” Joint Chief Principal Census Officer, J&K, C S Sapru told Greater Kashmir. “It has been funded by the UNFPA and UNWOMEN, two organizations of United Nations working for gender sensitization, poverty reduction, empowerment of women and much more.”
 He said the workshop would be conducted in all States and Union Territories of India. “J&K is one among the States to host the workshop,” he said.
 Sapru said the new software will help the users extract information easily and generate charts and maps by way of data visualization. “We can now acquire any data regarding house-listing which will help us formulate housing policies in future,” he said. “The software will also provide a wide range of data on amenities and assets available in the households without spending much time.”
 Officials said since India was a signatory to the UNFPA and UNWOMEN, the UN has for the first time funded a workshop in the State after it set its office in Srinagar: United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), many decades ago.
 “If all goes as planned, there are many revolutionary schemes under UNFPA and UNWOMEN which, if implemented on ground, can lead to a greater degree of empowerment among people J&K,” said an official in the Census department.
 According to the UNFPA website, also known as United National Population Fund, the “UNFPA supports governments in the tasks like conducting censuses, surveys, population and development-related research and analysis. Key areas of focus include migration, climate change and urbanization.”
 UNFPA also works on the gender framework. “We address critical factors behind inequalities and rights violations— girls’ education, women's economic empowerment, women's political participation and balancing reproductive and productive roles,” reads the website. “UNFPA also brings gender issues to wider attention and promotes legal and policy reforms and gender-sensitive data collection. It works to end gender-based violence, including traditional practices that harm women, such as child marriage.”
 Similarly, the UNWOMEN was constituted in July 2010 by the UN General Assembly with an aim to work for the gender equality and women empowerment. “UNWOMEN works for the elimination of discrimination against the women and girls. It also works for the equality between women and men as partners, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security,” reads the UNWOMEN website.
 “The UNFPA and UNWOMEN work across the globe, including the various States of India. If J&K state requests them for a specific program, they would work here also. But the authority lies with the State,” Sapru said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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