March 8th is International Women’s Day! The TechWomen team at IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives wishes everyone a day of solidarity, peace, and encouragement on this important celebration. With UN Women’s theme for this year being “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!,” we wanted to picture how our alumnae empower the next generation in their communities. From Lebanon to Nigeria, our alumnae go on to do amazing things in their home countries to educate, support, and mobilize young minds in STEM fields.
What do our alumnae do to empower the next generation? Learn more below! Pictured clockwise from the top left:
- EL Sabine (Lebanon) gives students a hands-on session on different forms of energy at her organization, Kids Genius
- TeenPreneurs celebrate! Founded by 2011 ELs Reham and Eman (Egypt), TeenPreneurs helps youth develop market skills through workshops in innovation and technology
- Hosted at PG&E for her mentorship, geologist and EL Joy (Nigeria) leads a mentoring session on STEM fields with secondary school students
- Regional ambassador of mobile app competition Technovation in the Palestinian Territories, EL Alaa is excited to begin working with participants on their app ideas
- EL Petra (Lebanon) hosts an activity through her project Science for Fun, Science for Everyone, which focuses on building girls’ awareness and critical thinking skills in science at underfunded public schools
- 2014 alumna Binta (Nigeria) pictured with students at the end of her annual STEM summer camp for girls
These initiatives show just a snapshot of the many ways alumnae pay it forward in their home countries. We take a moment to applaud our community—Emerging Leaders, Mentors, and allies—for making TechWomen happen. With everyone’s support, the program will continue to empower women and girls for generations to come.