1-25 March 2022 | 7:00 PM | Virtual Sessions
We are delighted to report that during the course of our Fellowship program which ran in March, some sixteen women successfully graduated. The feedback was very positive and it was clear that women had gained a lot from the program. The fellows wanted to develop their professional skills, be able to access work opportunities and to remain connected with each other through herDomain. To help meet these needs, herDomain is now developing an online community, is making more resources available online, sharing best practices and delivering training events for fellows. Keep an eye the website for more details of forthcoming events.
Can I get everyone to congratulate our first cohort of women who just graduated from @HerDomain’s first ever fellowship program?
The non-profit’s four-week program was designed for engineers and other tech-trained women living in Pakistan, to support them to develop soft skills, and to position them to reach for and secure work and freelancing opportunities, globally.
One may question whether women with higher education degrees experience barriers to work in the fast-growing global tech field? Do they really need support? Irrespective of their qualifications, Pakistani women may indeed experience intersectional barriers which hinder their career prospects. Securing work is the first step towards many positive outcomes. Earning an income can act as a democratizing force, contribute toward fiscal autonomy, and allow women to support social and cultural change in their families and the wider community. I am so proud of these women. Their hard work speaks volumes to their commitment to improving their own and their community’s lives and advancement.
The key components to the success of the fellowship program were the highly motivated fellows and high-profile speakers—they were women from different fields, some from tech-related industries and others from non-tech backgrounds. We are now looking forward to the next few months, in which we intend to build on the success of the Fellowship Program. We hope to collaborate with other groups with a shared commitment to promoting gender equality, empowering women, and supporting them to improve their fiscal equity.
As International Women’s Month draws to a close, I’d like to acknowledge the role of women working in a variety of groups, institutions and colleges throughout the world, who through their tireless campaigning for change, often in the face of great adversity, in effecting meaningful change for the future.