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Six women engaged in the ICT sector shared their impressive stories with the audience gathered for PechaKucha Nights.
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Nino Enukidze, the rector of Business and Technology University, is 35 years old. With her direct participation, the university became a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019, and to support the involvement of girls in technology, she launched the initiative “Coding School for Women”. With its support, more than 2,500 girls have been trained in technological professions, with 75 per cent of them employed in the industry.
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500 Women in Technology will be implemented with the support of UN Women and with the involvement of Business and Technology University, TBC Bank, the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) signatory companies, and IT representatives.
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The online course “Innovative Strategies and Digital Transformation for Women Entrepreneurs” was held in February and March 2021 at the joint initiative of UN Women and the Embassy of Israel in Georgia, in partnership with the Mashav-Carmel International Training Center.
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The initiative, which aims to help Georgian women’s start-ups develop and succeed in global markets, launched in 2020. A total of 12 finalists were selected to participate, seven of whom won scholarships and are taking part in a six-month online training course as of February 2021.
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Lili Pulariani, specialist and lecturer on digital communications, joined a UN Women training initiative as a mentor in 2019. She retrained instructors who then taught social media marketing and web programming to women entrepreneurs.
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The gender gap persists in the field of technology. This leads women to miss out on competitive salaries and to encounter technological inventions that ignore women’s needs or even perpetuate the current gender stereotypes in society.
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Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp. Mariam participated in a hackathon to find innovative ways to visualise gender data.
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Girls are still underrepresented in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). Compared to boys, only a small number of girls in Georgia pursue their education and career in this sector.