TechWomen 2015: Connecting Women Leaders in STEM from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2015

Beginning this week, companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley will welcome nearly 100 women from Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia as part of the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen exchange program. Participants will complete an intense development program focused on addressing 21st century challenges such as green technologies, climate change, and pandemic disease to accelerate their economic participation. This marks the first year of the program’s expansion to Central Asia, with the inclusion of 21 women from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The TechWomen program supports the United States’ global commitment to provide women the access and opportunities needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and build a network of mentors in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The 2015 TechWomen will return to their home countries on November 2 to join other program alumnae and several visiting U.S. mentors to conduct workshops for women and girls who have expressed interest in pursuing tech-based careers. Strengthening women’s entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for women to participate fully in the global economy spurs economic growth worldwide.

Media are invited to attend an opening event for the TechWomen at Autodesk, Inc. in San Francisco, CA on October 2. Remarks from Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will begin at 6:00pm PT. To RSVP to the media event at Autodesk, Inc. and for other press inquiries, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at @TechWomen, Instagram, and Facebook