Delegation of 30 TechWomen mentors, a U.S. Department of State program that encourages and supports women in Africa and the Middle East has been in Rwanda to expand Network of African Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.
TechWomen mentors landed in Rwanda on Sunday and will be meeting in the country everyday till February 7, 2014 to collaborate and connect through workshops and visits with local organisations.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, the delegation includes six Rwandan women selected last year to take part in the TechWomen exchange program.
These Rwandans are expected to join the representatives from across Africa and the Middle East in connecting with mentors from technology firms including Facebook, Juniper Networks, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LinkedIn, Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P, Twitter, and Walmart eCommerce.
The TechWomen will be meeting with nonprofit innovation centres and girls’ schools that focus on expanding technology networks and careers for women and girls in STEM fields.
They were also billed to meet with Rwandan Minister of Youth and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), visit the University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, and attend a Science and Technology fair hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Kigali.