Impact Stories from Empowering Women and Girls Policy Area
Africa Code Week
Fellow(s): Ruth Kaveke and Chao Mbogo
In late September, Ruth Kaveke and Chao Mbogo, 2017 fellows of Kenya, received grants to organize coding workshops as part of Africa Code Week 2017. The mission of Africa Code Week is to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors of Africa’s economic development.
Ruth’s organization, Pwani Teknowgalz, held workshops that introduced more than 100 women from Mombasa to coding. The workshop was supported by Eskill4girls, an initiative that tackles the existing gender digital divide in low income and developing countries. KamiLimu, co-founded and led by Chao, held digital skills trainings for 110 students between the ages of 13-21, 46% of whom were female. The students came from Children’s Garden Home, a charitable organization that provides care and support to children who are orphaned and/or living in poverty. The trainings, led by mentees in KamiLimu’s mentorship program, were part of a continuing relationship between KamiLimu and Children’s Garden Home, and KamiLimu has plans to work with girls from the home on the Technovation Challenge.
Report Date: 11/6/2017
Support Girls into STEM Careers through Technovation
Fellow(s): Darya Alontseva, Diana Tsoy
Darya Alontseva and Diana Tsoy, 2015 fellows of Kazakhstan, have received an alumni grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan to implement a project called “Support Girls into STEM Careers through Technovation.” Project activities commenced in early October with an introductory seminar about the Technovation program, which attracted 77 students and teachers from 15 schools from the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk and its suburbs. In the style of a TED talk, Darya shared her motivation for organizing these seminars and spoke about the importance of encouraging girls from Kazakhstan to pursue careers in technology. Diana shared about her experiences starting and coordinating Kazakhstan’s Technovation program and the success of the Kazakh teams in the 2017 competition, where two teams made it to the finals in Silicon Valley and one team took home the grand prize. Girls from one of those teams also joined the seminar to share about their experience with the competition and answer questions from the audience.
The introductory seminar was designed to bring together students and teachers who could form teams for the 2018 Technovation competition; the next seminar, which will be held in February 2018, will prepare these teams for the competition.
Report Date: 10/30/2017
Fellow(s): Amel Ghouila and Ruth Kaveke
Country: Kenya, Tunisia
Cohort: 2013, 2017
Amel Ghouila, 2013 fellow of Tunisia, and Ruth Kaveke, 2017 Emerging Leader from Kenya, have been featured in videos on the Career Girls website. Amel shared about her work as a bioinformatician and researcher with the Pasteur Institute and encouraged girls to be curious and learn as much as they can until they find what they are passionate about. Ruth spoke about her work teaching girls how to code at Mombasa Girls in STEM and how, as part of the Technovation program, she guides her students to come up with innovative solutions that help solve community problems.Read More »
Report Date: 10/23/2017
Global Citizen Awards
Fellow(s): Salima Kaissi
Salima Kaissi, 2013 fellow of Morocco, has received a Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association – United States East Bay Chapter for her work with eSTEM Morocco, a nonprofit she co-founded in Morocco with two other 2013 fellows of Morocco, Nezha Larhrissi and Zineb Rharrasse. Salima was honored at the UN Day Celebration and Awards Dinner on October 22.
The Global Citizen Awards recognizes organizations that work to ensure the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Since its establishment in 2014, eSTEM Morocco has engaged mentors to train and coach more than 500 girls to code. Their work has resulted in the development of 40 mobiles applications.Read More »
Report Date: 10/16/2017
Fellow(s): Mercedes Soria and Anar Simpson
TechWomen was well represented by mentors and past and present fellows at the Grace Hopper Celebration, which was held in Orlando, FL by AnitaB.org. Marie Claire Murekatete, 2014 fellow of Rwanda, was honored with the Change Agent ABIE Award and TechWomen mentor, Mercedes Soria, was honored with the Leadership ABIE Award. Anar Simpson, also a TechWomen mentor, moderated a panel that featured both Marie Claire and Mercedes. 2017 Emerging Leader from Kenya, Chao Mgobo, was also honored at the event as a winner of a Systers Pass It On award, which honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Chao presented about a mentorship program she created to encourage more female students to join and stay in the field of computer science.Read More »
Report Date: 10/2/2017
Grace Hopper Celebration
Fellow(s): Marie Claire Murekatete, Chao Mbogo
Country: Kenya, Rwanda
Cohort: 2014, 2017
TechWomen was well represented by mentors and past and present fellows at the Grace Hopper Celebration, which was held in Orlando, FL by AnitaB.org. Marie Claire Murekatete, 2014 fellow of Rwanda, was honored with the Change Agent ABIE Award and TechWomen mentor, Mercedes Soria, was honored with the Leadership ABIE Award. Anar Simpson, also a TechWomen mentor, moderated a panel that featured both Marie Claire and Mercedes. 2017 Emerging Leader from Kenya, Chao Mbogo, was also honored at the event as a winner of a Systers Pass It On award, which honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Chao presented about a mentorship program she created to encourage more female students to join and stay in the field of computer science.Read More »
Report Date: 10/2/2017
Fellow(s): Arielle Kitio
“Arielle Kitio, 2016 fellow of Cameroon, has been hard at work developing CAYSTI, an organization she founded shortly after returning home from her TechWomen experience. CAYSTI is a school tech incubator with a mission to empower students to design and start viable long-term professional projects while training them to obtain competitive technical skills. CAYSTI also seeks to reduce the gender gap and inequalities in the tech industry. So far, CAYSTI has already reached 4,000 youths from rural areas through motivational talks and workshops. A project started by a student at the organization recently received the second place prize in a social entrepreneur competition run by telecommunications giant Orange. CAYSTI has also been nominated as Best Initiative in Learning and Education of Cameroon for the World Summit Awards. Winners will be announced in November 2017.
Arielle decided to launch CAYSTI with the encouragement of her TechWomen mentor, Saura Naim, Senior Director, Head of Juniper Development and Innovation Operations at Juniper Networks.”Read More »
Report Date: 9/25/2017
sharing advice for young girls
Fellow(s): Marie Claire Murekatete
Marie Claire was interviewed by Career Girls, a video-based career tool for girls that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Marie Claire shared about her work researching and finding software solutions to meet people’s needs and provided career advice to young girls based on her own personal experiences. In one of the videos, she spoke about how her experience with TechWomen inspired her to create Refugee Girls Need You, a social initiative to give back to the community by teaching refugee girls technology skills. Marie Claire encourages girls to work hard and have confidence. She says that confidence is the “prize” for girls who become coders and create website applications that help people.Read More »
Report Date: 9/4/2017
Meeting with President of Tunisia and U.S. Ambassador
Fellow(s): Amel Ghouila
Amel met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Daniel Rubinstein, along with other alumni of U.S. government-funded academic and professional exchange programs. During this meeting, the alumni presented details of their accomplishments since returning to Tunisia. Amel’s accomplishments include: launching the Technovation Challenge in Tunisia, which started with just 54 girls during its first year and now enrolls more than 100 girls across the country; excelling in her role as a bioinformatician at the Institut Pasteur and implementing related training across Africa; receiving the 2016 Regional Ambassador Award from Technovation; and, with other TechWomen fellows in Tunisia, launching Women Leaders in Tech (WOLTECH), a group to empower Tunisian women working in STEM fields.
President Caid Essebsi highlighted the important role of exchange programs in empowering Tunisians with tools to be successful and boost the Tunisian economy.Read More »
Report Date: 9/4/2017
AEIF for Mombasa Girls in STEM
Fellow(s): UmiKaltuma Ibrahim, Serah Kahiu, Sandra Kambo, Sylvia Mukasa and Annie Njenga
UmiKaltuma Ibrahim, Serah Kahiu, Sandra Kambo, Sylvia Mukasa and Annie Njenga, 2014 fellows of Kenya, have received an Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant for Mombasa Girls in STEM, their project to increase girls’ interest in STEM-based subjects. Ruth Kaveke, 2017 Emerging Leader from Kenya, is also involved with the organization. Participants of Mombasa Girls in STEM will be challenged to develop solutions to community problems. Those solutions will be displayed and presented to local leaders at a Girls in STEM Fair, with the goal that local leaders implement the winning solutions in the community. Mombasa Girls in STEM is one of just 68 projects selected for an award out of more than 1,000 proposals.Read More »
Report Date: 8/28/2017