AUAF Participates at the Tech Women Summit
On December 17, 2015, American University of Afghanistan participated at the first annual Tech Women summit, held at Amani High School in Kabul. The event was attended by Afghanistan’s first lady, H.E Mrs. Rula Ghani, Minister of Communication and Information Technology H.E Razaq Wahidi, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled H.E Nasreen Oriakhail, AUAF Director of Development Ms. Soraya Ahmadyar, AUAF Director of the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development Mrs. Zakia Soleiman, government officials and international NGOs.
Mrs. Ghani expressed her pleasure for being part of the summit, and said that the number of females in technology industry is growing, which will significantly help Afghan women contribute to the development of Afghanistan.
“In order to work in the field of technology you need certain qualities which are, fortunately, abundant among Afghan women," said Mrs. Ghani. "Problem solving has proven to be the second nature of women and information technology is all about problem solving.”
Minister Wahidi discussed the challenges and opportunities for Afghan women in the IT industry, and assured the audience of his ministry’s commitment for promoting technology. He discussed the ministry’s plan for special strategies to empower Afghan women and said, “Thousands of women will have the opportunity for continuous IT education as part of this strategy”.
AUAF’s representative, Ms. Soraya Ahmadyar, introduced AUAF’s services and opportunities to the audience. She informed young female entrepreneurs and IT enthusiasts on how to maximize educational and business development opportunities through university and other facilities such as ICAWED and Business Innovation Hub (BIH). She ended by challenging the government to invest in public resources such as libraries, resource centers, and the like around the country; challenging the private sector to invest in their employees with professional development and educational stipends so they can enhance their business and the industry at-large; and finally, to the women in the room and beyond to continue to drive themselves to the maximum and not be discouraged by any negativity they will encounter as they continue to succeed and grow.
The summit also included a presentation on the IT industry, multiple panel discussions where the Director of ICAWED Mrs. Soleiman participated in, an exhibition of IT products made by Afghan women, and a networking opportunity.
TechWomen Summit was hosted by TechNation and it is sister company TechWomen with the support of British Embassy in Kabul. Tech Women has 200 female members from across the country that has turned into innovative tech developers.