In an initiative directed towards upliftment and betterment, Google will empower more than 1500 Pakistani women. The tech giant has announced to host around 7 Women Techmakers (WTM) events in over 5 cities across Pakistan.
Women Techmakers is a Google-led initiative to help provide visibility, resources, and a community to Pakistani women in tech.
The first event of the initiative was held on 8th March on International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s event was #DareToBe, where Google encouraged women to be confident and courageous.
The WTM events will provide Pakistani women with leadership skills, and technical skills, and will help them tackle any problems they may face.
“These events in collaboration with Women Techmakers Ambassadors don’t only recognize the accomplishments of women in tech, but will also encourage more women to join the fast-growing tech industry.” Shared Farhan S. Qureshi – Google Regional Director for Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
“Over the years, WTM and its ambassadors have organized many events that have helped women developers reach their true and full potential. That said, the program will promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in the tech sector, which is the primary mission of Google,” he added.
The WTM program was launched in 2012 as a 1-day event at Google’s HQ. The event has since then brought many women together in tech to share their experiences and learn from each other as a community.
The program since its inception has expanded to over 190 countries. The program also offers scholarships to women who are pursuing degrees in computer science and related fields. Moreover, these scholarships help bridge the financial gap in the tech sector that women are often victims of.
Pakistani Women in Tech
In recent years, the technology field has seen significant growth and development not only in Pakistan but worldwide.
Firstly, the tech industry offers a plethora of job opportunities that are both challenging and financially rewarding.
In Pakistan, where unemployment rates are high, entering the tech industry can provide Pakistani women with stable and well-paying jobs.
Additionally, the tech industry is continually evolving, providing ample opportunities for growth and career advancement.
Secondly, the tech industry is essential for Pakistan’s economic development.
As a developing country, Pakistan needs to invest in its technology sector to compete in the global market.
By encouraging more Pakistani women to enter tech, the country can tap into a largely untapped workforce and increase its competitiveness in the tech industry.
Thirdly, having more Pakistani women in tech can lead to innovative solutions to societal problems.
Women bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the table that can lead to new and creative solutions to technological challenges.
Pakistani women can work to develop tech solutions that address the specific needs of their communities, such as healthcare, education, and women’s rights.