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WISeKey’s WISe.ART, digital platform powered with cyber security, and CryptoVerse Island announce their support for the Maiti Nepal Foundation with an exclusive sale of art NFT to raise funds for young ladies’ university scholarships in Nepal
ZUG, SWITZERLAND – September 6, 2023 – WISeKey International Holding Ltd. (“WISeKey”) (SIX: WIHN, NASDAQ: WKEY), a leader in cybersecurity, AI, Blockchain, and IoT operating as a holding company, that WISe.ART will support efforts of the Maiti Nepal Foundation (Maiti Nepal) to sponsor students who are pursuing higher secondary degrees, through funds raised from the sale of selected NFTs donated by artists and made available on the WISe.ART platform.
Maiti is a beautiful word from the Nepali language, meaning a woman’s childhood home. Apart from being a beautiful word that evokes memories and a feeling of comfort, Maiti is a concept that Nepali women carry close to their hearts.
The key to ending human trafficking is education. When we educate our children, we help them create a future where they can survive and look after their own families as they have children themselves one day.
To read and write is a necessary mean but a higher education can help even more.
My mother always told me “The only thing nobody can take away from you is your education and knowledge.”
The aspirations of the children here are extremely high. They study so hard and are so grateful to be able to study in a country where poverty and analphabetism/illiteracy is huge.
Maiti Foundation currently sponsors twenty-one students to pursue higher secondary degree once graduated from Teresa Academy.
Another forty-three students have been able to find a sponsor to pursue their Bachelor´s degree in 2022 and seven more are pursuing a higher diploma in technical engineering, civil engineering, IT engineering, pharmacy, fashion designing and physiotherapy.
Each of the specially selected NFTs bought from the WISe.ART platform on this occasion will provide one full term for a child to pursue their higher secondary degree. The artists donated their works to the Foundation because they believe that it is vectors like CryptoVerse Island, WISe.ART and Maiti Nepal which will raise awareness about forgotten or ignored drastic situations around the world.
Together we can help a child reach her dreams; Maiti Nepal top priority is to provide the children with an education which means giving them wings, to fly to a better, brighter place. Let´s join hands!
About Maiti Nepal Foundation: Founded in 1993, Maiti Nepal carries the same concept and space for women that they bear close to their heart for the word ‘Maiti.’ Maiti Nepal is the place where women who have been trafficked, exploited, abused, or had their rights denied in any form can find a home for themselves. Headquartered in Kathmandu, Maiti Nepal is a non-profit, secular organization working to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and rescue survivors. The organization promotes children’s and women’s rights and aims to put an end to trafficking through these key activity sectors: 2A’s advocacy and awareness, 6P’s prevention, protection, participation, prosecution, partnership, and policy, 5R’s rescue, repatriation, rehabilitation, reintegration and referral. It seeks to build awareness and secure cooperation from schools and college students, parliamentarians, federal, provincial, and local governments, law enforcement agencies and organizations in Nepal, and their counterparts in India.
Maiti Nepal, today, conducts a wide range of activities. Organizing awareness campaigns, community sensitization programs, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal support to the needy, women empowerment programs, training, providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to children and women infected by HIV are regular activities of the organization.
About CryptoVerse Island: The authentic celebration of the crypto world by leaders of the Blockchain, Crypto Art, NFTs and the Metaverse. A meeting place for the community where those interested in the crypto world, artists, investors, and collectors meet. Pioneering physical events in the major cities in Spain, they collaborate with artists and exhibitions venues to raise awareness and offer visibility to the digital players of the artworld.
About WISe.ART: WISe.ART platform leverages WISeKey’s strong cybersecurity expertise, digital identity technology, and the power of blockchain to offer a unique marketplace for NFTs, connecting artists, buyers, and collectors, while ensuring the provenance and authenticity of digital artworks.
About WISeKey: WISeKey International Holding Ltd (“WISeKey”, SIX: WIHN; Nasdaq: WKEY) is a global leader in cybersecurity, digital identity, and IoT solutions platform. It operates as a Swiss-based holding company through several operational subsidiaries, each dedicated to specific aspects of its technology portfolio. The subsidiaries include (i) SEALSQ Corp (Nasdaq: LAES), which focuses on semiconductors, PKI, and post-quantum technology products, (ii) WISeKey SA which specializes in RoT and PKI solutions for secure authentication and identification in IoT, Blockchain, and AI, (iii) WISeSat AG which focuses on space technology for secure satellite communication, specifically for IoT applications, and (iv) WISe.ART Corp which focuses on trusted blockchain NFTs and operates the WISe.ART marketplace for secure NFT transactions.
Each subsidiary contributes to WISeKey’s mission of securing the internet while focusing on their respective areas of research and expertise. Their technologies seamlessly integrate into the comprehensive WISeKey platform. WISeKey secures digital identity ecosystems for individuals and objects using Blockchain, AI, and IoT technologies. With over 1.6 billion microchips deployed across various IoT sectors, WISeKey plays a vital role in securing the Internet of Everything. The company’s semiconductors generate valuable Big Data that, when analyzed with AI, enable predictive equipment failure prevention. Trusted by the OISTE/WISeKey cryptographic Root of Trust, WISeKey provides secure authentication and identification for IoT, Blockchain, and AI applications. The WISeKey Root of Trust ensures the integrity of online transactions between objects and people. For more information on WISeKey’s strategic direction and its subsidiary companies, please visit www.wisekey.com.
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| Maiti Foundation
Contact: Marianne Steneholm
Tel +34 684 38 54 86
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