Girls Got IT is one of the first phases of UNICEF’s Generation of Innovation Leaders Program (GIL) where students have access to hands-on workshops, talks by industry leaders, and tutorials to help the youth explore innovative new digital concepts.
51% of women across Lebanon graduate from universities. Yet those who started careers are only 23%. The project aims at unlocking the potentials of young girls and bring forth the true impact of empowered, enabled and educated women in today’s world.
With more than 3,000 girls in Lebanon already introduced to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through the UNICEF-supported ‘Girls Got IT’ educational series, this latest edition - hosted at the University of Saint Joseph’s Human Sciences Campus - enabled 250 more to join the movement and delve deeply into the world of innovation.
The project theory of change is that if women in Lebanon have the awareness and knowledge to make the right choice of their career fields in one hand and the knowing necessary fields for the future, women would have excellent future economically, politically and on their active role within their communities in Lebanon.
Established in 2016, ‘Girls Got IT’ (GGIT) - a joint initiative between five Lebanese NGOs and led by the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), supported by UNICEF Lebanon, and funded by the German Government (KFW) and the Kingdom of Netherlands - organizes a regular series of workshops across the country in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Tripoli, Akkar, Bekaa and Tyre. The project has supported more than 3,500 girls with the support of 40 entrepreneurs across Lebanon assisted by 120 volunteers from universities and NGOs.
The aim of the five collaborating NGOs, which are the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC), Women in Technology (WIT), Women in Engineering (WIE) and Digital Opportunity trust (DOT), is to grant female students in Lebanon the experience of testing the latest innovations in technology.
Project’s key activities included:
- Students were introduced to a series of specially invited speakers sharing their inspirational stories with the girls. Each has made their own clear mark on Lebanon, and each is a natural role model in the sphere of women’s empowerment.
- Students attended several training workshops. Number of workshops exceeded 170 workshops l all over Lebanon.
- Outstanding performing girls join GGIT Alumni Club. Currently consisting of almost 250 members. The clubs is part of the project legacy and sustainability to further support the conduct of further conferences and mentoring.
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