In its second edition, 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) took the "Girls Got IT" initiative and implemented it in the Bekaa valley on November 26 and 27 , 2016. This project was in partnership with UNICEF and funded by the Netherlands.
The objective of the initiative is to encourage girls from public and private schools and from marginalized communities to experience the capabilities of IT (Information Technology) and STEAM subjects (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematic) in order to select them as career choices; to promote essential technology skills for today's global economy; to improve girls self-esteem through learning by using hands-on activities; to bridge the gender gap in technology-related fields by bringing awareness to girl students on the importance of ICT and the opportunities it can offer. Our aim is also to break the cultural stereotypes of women in STEAM by exposing young girls to inspiring role models and success stories from Lebanon and last but not least, to strengthen the bonds within society through fostering volunteering and the spirit of giving back to the society. In November 2016, Girls got IT will gather 450 student girls aged 15-16 from high schools all over Bekaa area for 2 full days of technology immersion at the Lebanese International University (LIU) – Khiara, West Bekaa campus.
Girls Got IT Purpose
· Encourage girls to select IT and STEAM subjects as career choices
· Break the cultural stereotypes of women in STEAM by exposing young girls to essential technology skills and inspiring role models and success stories from Lebanon
· Support the technology startup ecosystem in Lebanon
Girls from Bekaa refugee settlements and special schools, 15-18 years old 200 Syrian efugee and Lebanese girls coming from refugee settlements and vulnerable communities will be benefiting from tailored Arabic content STEM workshops. This target group will be mobilized through a partnership agreement with several NGOs such as: Sawa for Syria, Malala Kayani, Sonbola, Beyond, LOST, World Vision, Beitkom, and others.
|8:00 am||Girls arrival and breakfast|
|9:00 am||Opening ceremony|
|9:30 am||Hands-on workshops|
|2:30 pm||Closing and awards ceremony|
|4:00 pm||End of event|
Girls Got IT wishes to create and maintain an event where attendees are safe and happy.
We wish to maintain the principles of equality and treat each others with dignity, integrity and respect. Everyone’s contribution, commitment, and diversity are valued and welcome. It requires keeping the venue free of intimidation, offensive acts and materials.
We wish to promote respect and dignity at the event. It requires organizers, volunteers, and student attendees to take responsibility for eliminating unacceptable behavior such as abusive language, harassment and bullying. Inappropriate comments about dress or appearance, race, disability, religion, or politics will not be tolerated.
We wish to maintain a safe environment by respecting the rules communicated by the organizers and handle the equipment with care.
Any complaints concerning breaches of this code should be reported to the organizers.
Kaza: West Beqaa
Senior Expert in Innovation Policy, Knowledge Society and ICT at UN-ESCWA
Dr. Nibal Idlebi leads the activities of the Innovation Section at UN-ESCWA. She is working on innovation policy, strategies and eco-system for building knowledge-based economy; and on promoting innovation in public and private sector to enhance productivity and improve efficiency.
She is leading regional initiatives in the Arab region in selected areas related to knowledge society, and currently she is leading a regional project on "Promoting Open Government for enhancing effectiveness, responsiveness, transparency and participation in public sector in the Arab region".
Dr. Idlebi is supervising the preparation of substantive reports, the organization of expert group meeting and workshops for promoting Innovation (RDI) in the Arab region for the realization of UN Development Agenda especially the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Summit of Information Society+10 Agenda. She is leading initiatives for the creation of new job opportunities, innovation and entrepreneurship, especially for young people and women, through the creative use of new technologies. These initiative are implemented in collaboration with national, regional and international organizations.
Dr. Idlebi is also contributing to a number of international working groups and United Nation committees and commissions and is representing UN-ESCWA in these committees.
Regional General Manager at Microsoft
Multi-discipline experience across the areas of Finance, Sales, Marketing and Management in Emerging Markets working in high growth business and industries and with multi-national, with a strong track record of high performance and contribution.
Member of Lebanese Parliament
- Founder of a management- consulting firm in Montreal, Canada, specialized in administrative reform, institutional leadership and human-capacity building since 1991.
- Founding partner of a Middle Eastern consulting and training firm based in Lebanon.
- A member of the Engineers Syndicate in Lebanon, USA, and Canada.
Specialties: As an international expert in Management and Leadership Training, I have researched management philosophies and educational and training curricula. I have worked on implementing them in the sectors of finance, economy, industry, banking, trade and education.
Former Minister of Telecommunications
In 2000, Sehnaoui became chairman of the board of Sogecap, a leading life insurance company and in 2004, chairman of the board of Sogelease Liban a financial leasing firm. He held both positions until early 2008. Since 1996, he has been a board member of Sehnaoui Plant a regional construction equipment distribution company.
Sehnaoui served as the Minister of Telecommunications of the Republic of Lebanon between June 2011 and February 2014. Under his leadership, the Ministry of Telecommunications (1) upgraded antiquated copper backbone to fiber optics and DWDM latest technologies with plans ready for FTTC and FTTB, (2) replaced ancient EDGE cellular networks with 3G across the country and 50 Mbit/s 4G LTE in greater Beirut, (3) and increased Lebanon’s international bandwidth tenfold via IMEWE whilst securing redundancy through participation in the Alexandros submarine cable; all while reducing internet & mobile costs by over 80%. By June 2013, with the infrastructure well on its way to recovery, Sehnaoui turned his attention to Lebanon’s knowledge economy, more specifically its digital economy: he created Beirut Angels - Lebanon’s 1st tech startup angel network - and actively supported the creation of Banque du Liban Circular 331 – a groundbreaking 400 million USD equity investment guarantee initiative that transformed Lebanon’s banks into VC-oriented institutions. Sehnaoui is now leading Lebanon’s Digital Roadmap Steering Committee to ensure the successful implementation of BDL C331. All these efforts where measured & confirmed by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union that ranked Lebanon 1st in progress out of 157 countries in the 2012 ICT Development Index (IDI). Prior to taking office, Sehnaoui successfully managed several companies across a variety of industries. Sehnaoui is a strong advocate of a secular political system.
Beginning in 2011 and under Sehnaoui’s management, Lebanon has witnessed significant infrastructure upgrade investments, mainly, deployment of a 4,700 km fiber-optic network linking all telecom exchanges, purchase of 25% of the Alexandros submarine cable capacity (multiplying Lebanon’s international capacity 14-fold), launch of both 3G and 4G mobiles networks and a major increase of Internet speeds (15-fold for the fixed network with an ~80% price decrease and 18-fold for the mobile network with a ~88% price decrease). In 2011, Lebanon was included among 10 countries that witnessed the greatest rank improvement according to the IDI moving up three spots globally and ranking sixth regionally.
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