500 Women in Technology - UN Women initiative to support girls in IT

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Participants of "500 Women in Tech" program. Photo: BTU
Participants of "500 Women in Tech" program. Photo: BTU

One of the most effective ways to break gender stereotypes and empower women is to support women and girls in technology. UN Women has good experience with working in this area with the support of the Government of Norway. It is this experience that laid the foundation for the large-scale project “500 Women in Technology”.

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. Five hundred women across Georgia will be selected and will be trained in information and communications technology (ICT). The six-month programme is for both beginners and experienced candidates.

One of the supporters of the initiative is WEPs signatory TBC Bank, whose IT Academy will train at least 100 participants on nine different topics. It is noteworthy that successful graduates will also have the opportunity to be employed by TBC and its subsidiary companies.

“We, as a technology company, have been actively promoting the technological education of young people and the development of technological professions for several years,” said Maka Bochorishvili, TBC’s Environmental, Social and Governance Coordinator. “For this purpose, we established the IT Academy in 2019, where up to 600 participants have passed various courses, and up to 200 have been employed by TBC. At the same time, TBC has always supported the empowerment of women, both by creating various development opportunities for employees and by offering financial and educational services. For example, 37 per cent of ICT employees at TBC are women.”

The programme integrates important modules such as Front-End Development, Back-End Development, UI/UX Design, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, Digital Product Testing and more. In addition to these modules, there will be intensive English language courses and a career boot camp, which will give candidates the skills they need to find a job in the technology field. Participants will receive training in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, business communication and career planning. Individual mentors will work with them intensively to help them develop their careers and find relevant jobs.

The initiative is part of the Women in Economic Empowerment component of the “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” project, which is supported by the Government of Norway.