“SHE MADE IT” at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

28-10-2018 09:14 PM

Nevine Kameel Nash’at Abul-Kheir

“SHE MADE IT” is an initiative to support women and girls in the study of science and technology and encourage them to start their own projects in these fields. The initiative was launched by the German association GPP, jointly with the Society of Businesswomen in Germany (VDU) and five associations of businesswomen In the Middle East.

The second episode of “She Made IT” was held Saturday 27 October at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), organised by the associations “Businesswomen of Alexandria” and “Businesswomen of Egypt 21,” in cooperation with the Academic Sector’s Women’s Studies and Social Transformation Program at the BA. The event was sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in partnership with The National Council for Women and Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology.

The BA “She Made IT” initiative included a lectures and workshops for secondary school girls and college women, also for graduates and entrepreneurs in the field of science and technology. The aim was to help them achieve goals and overcome obstacles they face.

Magda al-Shazly, Rapporteur of the National Council for Women (NCW) in Alexandria, said that the council aims at empowering women in various fields, with the realisation that that ‘cultural empowerment’ was pre-requisite for ‘technological empowerment’. The NCW, she said, is working on the national strategy 2030 for empowering women.

Mutazz Abdel-Wahab, professor at the Egyptian-Japanese University for Science and Technology, reviewed the university’s activities since it was established, highlighting the facts that some 200 students have graduated so far, and that the female students who registered for post-graduate studies make 25 per cent of graduate students.

The event concluded with a number of girls and women sharing their success stories in IT businesses.

The first episode of “She Made IT” was held last April at the Nile University in Cairo’s west satellite town of 6 October City, with participation of 100 women.

Watani International

28 October 2018

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