This year five girls from Kazakhstan, among them is Arailym Nurpeissova, were selected out of 3 300 applicants from Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa by experts of Institute of International Education (IIE), which is managing TechWomen.
During the five-week program, all participants engaged in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, participated in professional development workshops and networking events, and traveled to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.
On October 19, all participants presented their projects in Silicon Valley on solving socially significant problems in their countries like poverty, illiteracy, poor quality of medical services, environmental pollution and so on. The team from Kazakhstan came up with the idea of creating an online platform “uki.kz” on the issue of domestic violence.
The goal of the Kazakhstani project is to create an information environment for raising public awareness of victims of domestic violence, obtaining legal and psychological assistance for victims, and creating a society of mutual support. The girls analyzed that annually in Kazakhstan the number of deaths of women from domestic violence ranges from 400 to 500 people, so girls decided to take as an example the experience of the American company “Madre” in California. This organization, which protects victims of violence, has been able to reduce the mortality rate of women over the past 10 years and bring it to a minimum so that the number of women who die from domestic violence has become 0.
It is know, that the mission of TechWomen is to empower, connect and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.
TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). TechWomen, launched in 2011, supports the United States’ global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry.