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With the purpose of using technology as a means to empower women around the world, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced the launch of “TechWomen” initiative. Under this initiative, 37 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and the Palestinian Territories will get an opportunity to spend five weeks together with their American counterparts at 24 U.S.-based technology companies.
The initiative was launched last Friday in San Francisco. It has been proposed that the U.S. mentors later this year will travel to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region countries with the purpose of conducting workshops for women from the technology sector and young girls interested in pursuing a career in technology.
Using innovative technologies, cutting-edge content, and social networking tools, TechWomen will foster and develop the next generation of women leaders in the technology field by providing women and girls with the access and opportunity needed to pursue tech-based careers.
The companies that have chosen to be mentors of this initiative include: Adobe Systems, Inc., AT&T, Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Intel Corporation, Internet Systems Consortium, Juniper Networks, LikeList, mPay Connect, NetApp, Newcomb Anderson McCormic, Northgate Environment Management, Inc., Parallel Earth, SAP Labs, Symantec, ThoughtWorks, Yahoo!, and ZaReason. All these mentor technology companies are from Silicon Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.
The TechWomen initiative is a continuation of President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo where he called for greater collaboration in technology between the United States and countries with majority Muslim populations.
TechWomen is a Department of State initiative and it partners with the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Institute of International Education.