Impact Stories from Empowering Women and Girls Policy Area
Nigerian Fellow's organization selected by High Commission
Fellow(s): Carolyn Seaman
Carolyn Seaman, 2017 fellow of Nigeria, has been incredibly busy since returning from the United States. Her organization, Girls Voices, has successfully implemented their Tech Girls Advocacy Program (TGAP), which taught 50 public school girls advanced digital literacy skills. The girls focused on three issues that they ultimately developed into their own advocacy website: Ending child marriage, ending gender-based violence and promoting girls’ education.
Additionally, the High Commission of Canada in Nigeria selected Girls Voices for their SheCanLead campaign. As part of the project, the High Commissioner partnered with one of the young leaders of Girls Voices for a week of learning initiatives.Read More »
Report Date: 1/1/2018
Fellow(s): Diana Tsoy
Diana Tsoy, 2015 fellow of Kazakhstan, presented at Tedx Almaty on the potential of Kazakh schoolgirls and her own journey as a mentor in STEM. Diana’s TechWomen experience inspired her to become a regional ambassador (RA) of Technovation Kazakhstan. With the help of RA Gulshnar Salpykova, 2016 fellow of Kazakhstan, not only has the Kazakh Technovation program grown from just 11 teams to more than 50 teams from across the country, but in 2017, a Kazakh team also took home the Technovation grand prize.
Diana is actively involved in research in renewable energy and is working towards an advanced degree in technical sciences at ITMO University in St. Petersburg. She was also recently invited to speak at the first “Be A Pro” conference, organized by the Astana International Finance Center, where she spoke about the importance of mentorship.Read More »
Report Date: 1/1/2018
Fellow(s): Elena Selezneva, Saida Yusupova, Shodiyabegim Bakhtiyorzoda, Sevara Siradjeva, Ozoda Ismailova, Natalya Yusupova
Cohort: 2015, 2016, 2017
Six fellows from three cohorts came together this month to organize Uzbekistan’s first Ideathon. Elena Selezneva and Saida Yusupova, both 2016 fellows and Technovation Uzbekistan Ambassadors, led 100 girls aged 10 to 18 with the help of 40 mentors. Several other fellows of Uzbekistan, Shodiyabegim Bakhtiyorzoda (2015), Sevara Siradjeva (2016), Ozoda Ismailova (2016) and Natalya Yusupova (2017), also helped with the Ideathon by delivering presentations and offering their guidance to participants.
The Ideathon was a two-day, intensive, workshop-like experience for prospective Technovation students to address challenges of defining a social problem in their community. Participants work in teams with mentors and use design, critical thinking and innovative learning practices to collaborate and create potential solutions.Read More »
Report Date: 12/18/2017 & 12/25/17
Fellow(s): Amanda Gicharu-Kemoli
Amanda Gicharu-Kemoli, 2016 fellow of Kenya, was featured in an interview by ProFellow about her experience with TechWomen. In the interview, Amanda emphasized her service-based vision and the profound impact of TechWomen’s professional and cultural mentors.
Amanda co-founded Tech Republic Africa, a social enterprise that creates technology-driven education tools for youth in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and has received several fellowships and honors for her work in the field, including an Anita Borg Change Agent Award.Read More »
Report Date: 12/11/2017
Committed to Good Blog
Fellow(s): Eman Abusaada
Country: Palestinian Territories
Eman Abusaada, 2015 fellow of the Palestinian Territories, has been working with Committed To Good (CTG), a non-profit consulting firm that implements humanitarian projects in 25 countries around the world. Eman is highlighted in a recent blog post about the work of female engineers in Gaza supporting CTG with material monitoring and redevelopment projects, and she cites the TechWomen program as being a catalyst in confirming her passion for her chosen career path. Only 14% of the paid workforce in Gaza is female, and Eman hopes to be a role model for young women and that “the example [she presents] will contribute towards rebuilding a strong and sturdy Gaza and maybe that will help to achieve long-awaited peace in the region.Read More »
Report Date: 11/13/2017
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