Girlythings was nominated as the best national digital solution for Pakistan for the international World Summit Awards (WSA). The World Summit Awards are a global initiative selecting digital innovations making a positive impact on society. With this nomination in the Category Health and Well-being qualifies for evaluation among over 400 international projects by the WSA Jury 2018.
Girlythings is a mobile application that delivers sanitary products to women with and without disabilities through monthly subscriptions and emergency kits in public. It also delivers a daughter’s starter kit for girls before they start. But that is not it. We are the first ever product delivery system for women that aims to eliminate payment altogether. Our user earns peridots by giving capacity-building quizzes on the App along with feedback quizzes for our partners. We publish the data of the quiz to call for change in services, policies, and products. It’s like meeting the demands of women, sharing their voice, and encouraging safe products for even those who can’t afford them.
“I salute my entire team who came together to make this solution a reality for me and others like me. I was born with a disability in Pakistan. It was not easy realizing the challenges of being a female and having a disability. But this was also an opportunity for me to understand problems and come up with solutions. Even as a strong confident girl on the wheelchair I was unable to buy pads or other personal products because of shops not being accessible. I thought of women in villages and areas where there are no shops.”
Over the years I realized our mothers, sisters, and friends can use applications on phone rather than access a website easily. So, we decided to bring help right into their palms. Making the monthly time a time of joy and eliminating money from it. The initiative is basic but solves a large problem for women and men.”
– Tanzila Khan
The WSA nominees 2018 show the richness, diversity, and innovation of digital solutions on a global scale and prove how digital technology can improve society in each corner of the world. The WSA 2018 nominees will be evaluated based on seven fundamental criteria: Content, Functionality, Design, Technology, Innovation, Impact, and Global/UN value.
Each year, WSA nominees are selected by the WSA National Experts from more than 180 UN member states. The WSA National Experts nominate up to eight projects for each country – one for every WSA category.
A nomination to the WSA hence is already an award in itself – the qualification to compete and be presented on an international level and being the best practice in Health and Well-being nationally.
About the WSA
The World Summit Award is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). WSA is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the mobile community in over 180 countries. WSA highlights digital content improving society and focuses on local content with global relevance.
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