Jerusalem-led mentorship program to assist Gulf girls in tech climb up profession ladder
A bunch of as much as 30 girls working in junior tech positions from Israel, Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates are set to return collectively in January to take part in a Jerusalem-led program to assist them break by the glass ceiling and take up managerial roles.
The three-month program led by FemForward, a Jerusalem nonprofit based in 2020, goals to help girls in junior tech positions with the instruments and community to advance their profession to senior ranges. In collaboration with the UAE-Israel business Council and funded by the US embassy in Israel, the junior-to-manager program will subsequent yr for the primary time embrace girls in tech from the Abraham Accords nations.
The initiative comes after Israel began to normalize ties with Gulf nations in 2020 as a part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords with Arab states, together with the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain.
“We have funding to run this program with women from Abraham Accords countries for two years and plan to have four cohorts,” FemForward founder and CEO Rachel Wagner Rosenzweig advised The Instances of Israel. “The Abraham Accords are basically about creating a new Middle East, one that has opportunities and prosperity for everyone from the region, and by extending our program to women in these countries we are helping to turn this vision into a reality.”
FemForward launched in 2020 to handle what’s also known as the “broken rung” pattern — the dearth of development of girls in tech from entry-level to managerial positions. Based on the McKinsey 2022 Ladies within the Office report, for each 100 males promoted from junior stage to supervisor, solely 87 girls are promoted. The report additionally discovered that there are far fewer girls working in engineering and technical fields, with girls’s relative illustration in these jobs declining from 2018.
“We have been seeing that the main issue in the career advancement of women in tech is actually at the beginning stages of their careers because of a lack of network, lack of confidence, and differences in the way they promote themselves as opposed to men,” Wagner Rosenzweig remarked. “So our program will be open for women at the beginning stages of their careers who are thirsty for advancement.”
Since FemForward was based, greater than 100 girls in Israel have graduated from this system.
FemForward’s program together with girls from Gulf nations will kick off with a two-day seminar in mid-January in Israel and might be held in English. Will probably be adopted by weekly on-line lectures and a mentorship program and finish with a two-day seminar in Dubai with networking occasions.
“We are paying for all the participants to come to Israel and we are also going to have lecturers from the Abraham accords countries too,” Wagner stated.
The course consists of lectures led by main feminine executives together with Adi Soffer Teeni, normal supervisor of Meta Israel, and Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and co-founder of the UAE-Israel business Council, in addition to from corporations equivalent to Google, McKinsey and Intel. Moreover, each girl on this system is mentored personally by a senior government within the tech trade.
“As the technology industry in the Abraham Accords countries continues to grow, so do the opportunities for women to expand their careers and become managers and leaders,” stated Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, co-founder of the Gulf-Israel Ladies’s Discussion board, a division of the UAE-Israel business Council. “By providing them with the tools they need, we are helping to increase the numbers of female leaders in the region.”
The UAE-Israel business Council was based to convey collectively entrepreneurs, business individuals, authorities officers and organizations seeking to provoke joint initiatives and advance financial and social alternatives between the 2 nations.
“The Abraham Accords was the beginning of something really important,” stated US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides. “It’s the essence of bringing people together.”