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Working for the empowerment of women in Adana, a southern province of Türkiye, the Housewives Solidarity and Development Association (EVKAD) is such a CSO that benefits from a ‘small grant’ provided by UN Women. Now EVKAD can reach and empower more women than ever before, thanks to its improved technical, digital, and institutional capacity.
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Nino Enukidze, the rector of Business and Technology University, is 35 years old. With her direct participation, the university became a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019, and to support the involvement of girls in technology, she launched the initiative “Coding School for Women”. With its support, more than 2,500 girls have been trained in technological professions, with 75 per cent of them employed in the industry.
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Jasmina Zahirović is a 20-year-old IT student from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been a member of the IT Girls, a joint initiative of UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women, from Bosnia and Herzegovina since the initiative's establishment.
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Dinara Ruslan, founder and head of the IT company Codify Lab, discusses her chosen career path in IT and gender obstacles. After graduating, she worked both abroad and in Kyrgyzstan, before opening her own IT company in her living room in 2019. Today, Dinara Ruslan is not only a successful businesswoman, but a motivational speaker and mentor coach who espouses a “women-support-women” approach.
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Dilnaz Kamalova, 17, is a winner of international competitions, and a children rights and girl’s empowerment advocate from Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2019, together with her team of girls at school, she was one of the TOP-20 finalists at the Google Science Fair at their Headquarters in California. Recently, she got an offer to study at Harvard University.
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ITU, UN Women and EQUALS join forces to launch study on Women, Girls and ICT in the context of Covid-19 in selected European countries.
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They are motivated professionals who are not afraid of challenges, and nobody would say that this field is unsuitable for them. We are talking about women who have developed a career in IT, who have just started a new job, or just dropped out of other faculties, or quit other jobs, and started to explore the „world of codes”. Secure jobs, decent working conditions, spacious offices, or the opportunity to work wherever they are, tempt hundreds of women to show that they can make a change in society, and the technological progress enhances their chances to show that they can deal successfully with chalenges related to this field.
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Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp. Currently working on developing Android mobile apps while taking a gap year after graduating high school, Mariam participated in a hackathon to find innovative ways to visualise gender data at the UN Women-supported regional conference Gender Statistics: Challenges and Opportunities to Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held 24-26 July 2019 in Tbilisi. The hackathon was carried out with the support of the UN Women Global Gender Statistics Initiative and the Governments of Austria and Switzerland.
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The UN Women Office in Kosovo, in partnership with IPKO Foundation, UNICEF, UN Kosovo Team, Agency for Gender Equality and SIDA, organized “Girls Innovate for Change” workshop with the aim of breaking barriers in traditionally male dominated professions.
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DOKUTECH, an annual technology conference in Kosovo , celebrated its 5th anniversary by bringing the conference to Pristina for the first time. The convention organized on 9 and 10 June, brought together tech executives, entrepreneurs, and top tier future talent to discuss the social implications and challenges of new technologies, including the urgent need for more female participation in this male-dominated industry.
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The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It’s slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields.
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In Albania, there are significant gaps in science, technology, engineering and math fields at graduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels. Girl students in Albania dominate the field of educational sciences, followed by health and welfare. However, they remain under-represented in STEM particularly because of social, cultural and gender norms.
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Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her.
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Gender stereotypes still dictate and limit women’s career choices In Moldova, as in many other countries. Now, thanks to GirlsGoIT, a UN Women initiative, a digital industry that once largely bypassed women in Moldova, is no longer a missed opportunity for them.
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When Ileana Crudu, now 19, finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology and continues to advocate for girls’ and women’s participation in the ICT sector at the university in The Netherlands where she is studying.
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, young women learn how to code and programme their way to future careers in IT and science, thanks to IT Girls, a UN Women-supported joint UN initiative.
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Created to boost Moldova's innovation capacity by teaching young women digital tech and IT skills, UN Women’s GirlsGoIT plans more local IT clubs for girls and an IT summer camp in 2016.
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On 25-27 May 2012 a Kazakhstan competition on free and open source software development for female college and university students will take place in Almaty devoted to coincide with World Telecommunications and Information Society Day celebrated worldwide on May 17.