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15 micro and small women-owned businesses were supported through the BizUp programme, implemented by Foundation 787 and UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina under an economic empowerment project supported by the United Kingdom. BizUp focuses on providing women entrepreneurs with tailor-made support and mentorship to increase their resilience and capacities in design, branding, management and other areas to enable them to develop and sustain their businesses.
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Taking on the greatest challenges currently facing the global community will mean harnessing all talent. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the critically important climate crisis, the full and equal participation and leadership of women and girls in the science and technology communities is more important than ever.
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Dr. Aiymgul Kerimray is an environmentalist and a senior researcher at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women spoke to Kerimray about her research on energy poverty and air quality in urban areas and its gendered impacts.
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Katarina Ponjavić is a final-year student of Dental Medicine at the Faculty of Dentistry in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This young aspiring surgeon invented a device for medical and infectious waste disposal that received international patent protection from the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
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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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How do you empower girls and support their leadership in the digital world? This was the focus of the Seventh International Day of the Girl Child Conference, organized by UN Women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Turkey, in partnership with the Aydın Doğan Foundation.
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UN Women in Kazakhstan launched a new project to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills of young women from East Kazakhstan and Kyzylorda regions with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
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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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Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, 26, is the director of the Kyrgyz Space Program. She is also a TechWomen 2019 alumna, hosted by Mozilla HQ in San Francisco Bay Area, and founder of the TechCamp project, implemented in partnership with the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.
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Maja Hadziselimovic is a twenty-nine-year-old robotics software developer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She develops human-robot applications for the automotive industry at MRK Systeme GmbH and the first industrial exoskeleton at German Bionic Systems in Augsburg, Germany. She actively shares her robotics & automation experience and motivates young people, especially women and girls, to take up robotics and STEM professions.
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With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UN Women has implemented an initiative designed to boost digital literacy, economic and business opportunities for women from rural communities who have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
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As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign, UN Women Turkey invites everyone to join an online solidarity action against gender based cyber-violence. The aim is to collect one million fireflies to light the dark, while raising awareness on the issue through an interactive quiz.
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Today marks the official launch of the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Regional Office Innovation Labs for Gender Equality (ILGE).
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The global crisis caused by COVID-19 is compelling us to work together and think differently to leverage expertise, resolve and skills for recovery. Using the knowledge, ideas and practices of women and underserved communities is important for effectively implementing inclusive solutions. UN Women focuses on a fair and just recovery from the pandemic, by providing the space and opportunities for women to use their abilities and realise solutions.
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Zerina Mandžo is a computer science engineer working as an IT Girls Project Officer for UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The initiative focuses on gender equality in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector and increasing women’s participation through skills development, mentorship, economic empowerment and confidence-boosting. Adapting to the COVID-19 crisis, IT Girls has taken its work online, organizing a series of free webinars on a range of topics related to ICT for girls and young women in BiH, whose regular education has been interrupted by the crisis.
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Turkey has taken lockdown measures to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. During confinement, digital skills become essential to reach services and information, communicate with people, learn and work. Together with Habitat Association, UN Women Turkey has provided trainings to improve the digital literacy of Turkish and Syrian women.
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Despite stay-at-home measures and periodic lockdowns, Syrian and Turkish women are selling handcrafts and other products online, thanks to coding, computer literacy and Internet marketing skills they learned at Multi-Purpose Community Centres.