By Claire Gillepsie
All across the Middle East, women are revolutionizing their local societies, becoming prominent leaders in a variety of fields, including tech. Not only are women entering tech in larger numbers, but they are also using their presence to help other women start a career in the industry. Here are some Middle Eastern tech-centric organizations by women, for women:
Professor Sana Odeh is the founder and chair of Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC), which aims to “elevate the status of Arab women in computing, and allow them to achieve their career goals.” The group, which was founded in 2012, also works to create networks between groups of women in the computing sector. Specifically, ArabWIC holds an annual conference on Arab women in computing and provides a mentoring program to new computer science students and graduates.
ArabWIC raises awareness for the unique problems faced by Arab women working in the tech industry and is currently developing scholarships for female graduate students in computer science. Their leaders include women from all over the Middle East who share a common focus on creating a better environment for women in the field of computing.
The Nawaya Network
Zeina Saab founded The Nawaya Network in 2008, which provides the necessary resources for young people to develop their dreams into realities in the less developed part of Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world. Their support is financial, educational and material; they provide the technology for young people to create networks, develop their talents, and find opportunities for further study.
The network also intends to keep disadvantaged young people off the street and away from crime and violence. For young women and girls especially, Zeina hopes The Nawaya Network will give them a sense of achievement and self-worth that is not often provided in their current environments. Zeina also hopes to connect the young females with other women and girls who can develop into both friends and mentors. In addition, the Nawaya Network performs a community outreach program that focuses on technology awareness and the potential for technology to create a more equal society for women.
Here at Project GirlSpire, we love anything and everything that empowers communities of women around the world. , It’s great to see women raise each other up, especially in the tech industry. All women and girls deserve to have great self-confidence and even greater opportunities for self-improvement.