UN Women’s Continued Support to the Employment of Women in Technologies
The rate of women’s employment in the lucrative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector continues to be low. This sector is stereotypically considered to be “a man’s job”, which makes it difficult for many women to pursue their desired career paths and find promising, high-income positions.
UN Women, with the support of the Government of Norway and in partnership with the private sector, has been supporting women’s participation in ICT since 2018. This includes the “500 Women in Tech” project, which is implemented by the Business and Technology University in partnership with IT companies. Having already completed training courses, the first group of participants in the project gathered at a large-scale forum to meet potential employers on July 14.
The forum gave women the opportunity to hear about job vacancies directly from employers and, if interested, take the first steps in their career paths.
“I have received valuable knowledge and experience,” said Maia Mezvrishvili, who took a digital marketing course and participated in the forum. “The course was oriented towards learning-by-doing as much as possible. The lecturers invested a lot of energy in the course and provided us with comprehensive information. We, the course participants, were very active. I am so motivated right now that I want to work for other companies in planning digital marketing campaigns.”
This event was also attended by Ukrainian women and girls who have fled the war in Ukraine and arrived in Georgia. With the support of the project, they are currently enrolled in a fully funded course in digital marketing and product testing.
Fifty companies operating in local and international markets participated in the event, providing a range of information about job opportunities in local and global markets. Most of these business companies are signatories of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, which drive them to provide continued support to women through delivering trainings, internships and employment.
“500 Women in Tech” is part of the Women’s Economic Empowerment component under the “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” project, which is being implemented by UN Women with the support of the Government of Norway.