Commitment to Action

WeTech: Women Enhancing Technology

Commitment by

Institute Of International Education

In 2013, the Institute of International Education and its consortium of private sector and NGO partners committed to creating an employee pipeline of 2,000 girls and women toward the technology sector. With the accelerating growth of computer-related jobs globally, and a shortfall of suitably equipped employees projected to be in the millions, the engagement of women in the tech sector is critical to both bridge the talent gap and provide companies with the diverse skills and perspectives necessary to thrive. This $10 million investment in building the pipeline will focus on India, the U.S., and Africa, and will include programs to encourage parents and schools to teach technology subjects to girls, mentoring between students and women in the tech sector, scholarships for women studying engineering, internships, and other professional development opportunities. With plans to expand to other countries as well, this commitment aims to create an ongoing cycle of women supporting other women in entering the tech sector.

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Commitment

WeTech: Women Enhancing Technology

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$249,000,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Middle East & North Africa

Countries

BRAZIL, CHINA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, EGYPT, GHANA, INDIA, KENYA, LIBERIA, MALAWI, NIGERIA

Commitment by

Institute Of International Education

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

McKinsey & Company, Verizon Foundation, Google Inc., International Museum of Women, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Nethope, Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Iridescent, Qualcomm Incorporated, Citrix Systems, Inc., Intel Corporation, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, Juniper Networks