TechWomen Delegation Trips to Kenya, Kyrgyzstan

Delegations visit schools, universities to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers

NAIROBI and BISHKEK, February 14, 2017—TechWomen mentors from the United States will reunite with TechWomen alumnae in Kenya and Kyrgyzstan to strengthen partnerships and encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen program brings emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East to the San Francisco Bay Area to connect with their counterparts for project-based mentoring, action planning, leadership workshops and cultural exchange.

During the week-long programs, the delegations will visit non-governmental organizations, private and public enterprises, universities, incubators, and innovation hubs to expand networks of women in STEM around the world. Together with the alumnae, the mentors from the United States learn about the STEM ecosystem in-country, explore the status of women and girls, and connect with prospective TechWomen applicants.


“The opportunity to share the work we do, not only leads to a better understanding from our mentors, but also allows us to gain new insights and support to enhance our programs,” Josephine Ndambuki, a 2013 TechWomen alumna of Kenya, said. “The delegation provides a renewed energy to keep going and offers new avenues to collaborate.”

Kenya is hosting mentors from the United States representing Advent Software, Autodesk, Fitbit, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mensch Ventures, Mozilla, Qualcomm, Symantec, Twitter and Veritas

Kyrgyzstan is hosting mentors from the United States representing the Anita Borg Institute, HGST, Juniper Networks, Lawrence Hall of Science, LinkedIn, Mentoring Standard, NASA, Positive Impact Partner, Silicon Valley Link, Singularity University, Sunrun, Symantec and Twitter.

Launched in 2011 by the State Department, TechWomen is implemented by the Institute of International Education. Follow TechWomen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Contact:
Joanne Liou, jliou@iie.org, (415) 362-6520 x 227
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, ECA-Press@state.gov, (202) 632-6452


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