By Edwina Duenas, Communications Associate
“And this is where I say I have Hope for Tunisia: the people are smart, energetic, worldly, and kind. They are proud, as they should be, of their young democracy and that they built it themselves. And I have Faith in the world to do the right thing, to trust in the young democracy and the people and visit them. See for yourself what Tunisia really is and can be.”
–Tina Shakour, Cultural Mentor
“We Love You Tunisia – We Will Be Back.”
–Katy Dickinson, Professional Mentor
Just over a week ago, the TechWomen program arrived in Tunisia for the second delegation trip of the year. A group of more than 40 Mentor and Emerging Leader alumnae, alongside U.S. Department of State and IIE staff, gathered in Tunis to learn about the country’s tech landscape, encourage young girls to pursue technical careers, and visit organizations focused on innovation in STEM and women’s entrepreneurship. Delegation trips also provide Emerging Leaders and Mentors the opportunity to reconnect after the program, and this trip was no different, with Tunisian alumnae warmly welcoming delegates from the U.S., Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, and Lebanon.
The trip was insightful and impactful for the delegates, but programming ended early due to the tragic events at the Bardo Museum on March 18. Despite the circumstances, the country is brimming with important history, and the generous, innovative spirit of its people will continue to lead Tunisia forward. In a short period, Mentors and Emerging Leaders were able to develop lasting connections to Tunisian girls, organizations, and professionals in STEM to further the mission of the trip and the TechWomen program.
We would like to give a special thank you to the Tunisian Emerging Leaders, whose support and spirit was instrumental in making this delegation trip a success. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Tunisian people during this difficult time, and TechWomen supports your continued efforts to create a strong, secure, and prosperous country.