What is TechWomen?
TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.
Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.
Fellow(s): Fellow Elmira Obry discusses TechWomen journey in recent interview
Project/Action: Fellow Elmira Obry discusses TechWomen journey in recent interview
Policy Area(s): Economic Impact, Empowering Women and Girls, Entrepreneurship, Professional Development
Fellow Elmira Obry (Kazakhstan, 2022) recently interviewed with Kazakh online media outlet ER10 to discuss her career journey and experience as a TechWomen emerging leader. Topics included the mission of TechWomen, the application process, the cross-cultural mentorship and Elmira’s intentions going forward. “I plan to investigate the impact of technology on the involvement of women in the country’s economy,” Elmira shared, “and the development of sustainable technologies through the prism of a multiplier economic effect.”Read More »
Elmira is the founder of QWANT programming school founder and the CEO of the Bureau for Continuing Professional Development (BCPD) of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). “By pooling resources, efforts and expertise,” Elmira emphasized, “we can turn the tide not only on gender equality, but also on growing social and economic stratification.” During the interview, Elmira also stressed the importance of supporting teachers, modernizing technical colleges, and “developing the institution of mentoring” in Kazakhstan. “Many people think that Silicon Valley is about money,” she explained. “Actually, it’s about the supportive environment. In order to attract young people, it is necessary to create a benevolent climate [and] to maintain interest in innovation from an early age.”
Report Date: 12/12/2022
Fellow(s): Fellow Nermin Salah publishes study on breast cancer prodrugs with support from mentor Bianca Liederer
Country: Egypt, United States
Region: MENA, US
Project/Action: Fellow Nermin Salah publishes study on breast cancer prodrugs with support from mentor Bianca Liederer
Title: Principal Program Manager
Policy Area(s): Professional Development
Fellow Nermin Salah (Egypt, 2013) recently co-authored a publication in the field of drug discovery, crediting her TechWomen professional mentor Bianca Liederer of Genentech with providing helpful support and collaboration to the project. Entitled “Design, synthesis, and metabolite identification of Tamoxifen esterase-activatable prodrugs,” the study explores substances that can improve efficacy and reduce resistance to Tamoxifen, an important medication used in the treatment of hormonal-dependent breast cancers. Though she completed her program nearly ten years ago, Nermin maintains that “once a TechWomen always a TechWomen; you keep the network, support and the spirit.” She shares that Bianca and her team offered valuable assistance throughout the research process, even performing some experiments that would have been a challenge to execute in Egypt. Nermin is currently in the U.S. again as a Hubert Humphrey fellow and fondly reflects that she is “still receiving help and guidance from the whole TechWomen community.”Read More »
Report Date: 12/12/2022
T[email protected] Announcements from Secretary of State Antony Blinken
TechWomen celebrates ten year of impact and innovation at [email protected] on October 20, 2022. During this event, Secretary of State Antony Blinken laid the framework for the decade to come. TechWomen will be expanding in several ways over the next decade to expand the footprint of the program to new regions, connect deeper with the TechGirls program and connect our mentors and fellows in new ways.
[email protected] Celebration
Join us for a very special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TechWomen Program, its impact, and honor the dedicated community of individuals who share in its mission of empowering women and girls in STEM around the world. The event will highlight the contributions of our 1200+ mentor community, partner companies, program success stories, and share plans for the future. We will conclude the celebration by announcing this year’s Techwomen Emerging Leader seed grant winners! Many thanks to Juniper Networks for hosting the reception and celebration at their Aspiration Dome.
TechWomen Fall 2022 Pitch Day @ Waymo
Waymo is proud to host TechWomen’s Pitch Day. TechWomen is an exchange initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. At Pitch Day, groups of Emerging Leaders pitch their action plans for a chance to receive seed grant funding to jump-start implementation of their impact project.
Day 1 of the Kazakhstan Delegation 2023: Welcome to Almaty!…
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Morocco Day 5: Day of Mentorship and Networking with Hello Women, DigiGirlz, TechGirls and Mohammed…
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Morocco Day 4: TechWomen delegation supports launch of Titrit mentoring platform and engages with…
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Morocco Day 3: Celebrating 10 Years of TechWomen in Morocco…
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Highlights of Central Asia Women in Tech & Science Week, 25-30 MarchStartup Mix - April 11, 2019
The Girl Who Programs Artificial Intelligence – TechWomenShe is Nomad - November 14, 2018
TechWomen winners on using their skills to help Genocide survivorsThe New Times - November 14, 2018
Kazakh team wins TechWomen seed grant to address domestic violenceAstana Times - November 7, 2018
Podcast: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms Of DiscriminationU.S. Mission Nigeria - March 30, 2018