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Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club – FEMMES DIGITALES held its first meeting this year

Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club – FEMMES DIGITALES held its first meeting in 2016 in Baku. Traditionally, each meeting of the Club is hosted by one of its members.

 

This time the meeting was hosted by one of the founding members of the Club – Ms. Nigar Arpadarai, the press-secretary and head of marketing & communications department of Baku Grand Prix, the organizer of Formula-1 in Baku, at the premises of Baku Grand Prix.

 

During the meeting the founder of the Club and B.EST Solutions LLC, Mrs. Jana Krimpe shared the plans of the Club for the first half of 2016.

 

 

According to her, the Club is currently negotiating with the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan regarding organization of meetings with the girls studying at 9-11 classes in secondary schools with the aim to stimulate them to continue their higher education and build their future career in ICT. The initial phase provides for holding meetings in Baku, but it would be desired to arrange such meetings in the regions of the country and in remote villages as well as with the students of high schools across the country. At the same time, there are plans to conduct a research of the girls studying or working in ICT sector in order to be able to define statistics of female employment in ICT as well as to eliminate stereotypes and fears preventing girls from occupancy in this sector. The Club sets a goal to demonstrate how fascinating, versatile and demanded sphere ICT is, in the examples of the women and girls successfully working in the ICT sphere in Azerbaijan.

 

Another founder of the Club, the marketing manager of Microsoft for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus, Ms. Sabina Parvizi informed the participants about the project “Technovation” which provides for organization of software coding trainings for girls. The members of the Club decided to participate in this project next year; however the preparations will already be started this year.

 

The participants also discussed the organization of the traditional event – Girls in ICT Day and ICT Week in April this year in close cooperation with ADA University and collaboration with relevant government institutions.

 

The members of the Club also discussed the action plan for 2016, set the date of the next meeting timed to 8 March – International Women’s Day which is to be hosted by Ms. Shahla Mammadova, the member of the Club and the advisor to the CEO of Cybernet LLC on March 11. It was also agreed to conduct the first ever bowling contest in Azerbaijan among the women and girls employed in ICT on March 12 timed to the International Women’s Day.

 

The meeting was then continued with the corporate presentation of Baku Grand Prix which hosted the event in its venue. The representative of Baku Grand Prix Ms. Nigar Arpadarai spoke about the preparations and innovative technologies to be used during the Formula-1 contest in Baku this year.

 

At the end, there was a photo-session of FEMMES DIGITALES with the Formula-1 bolide of Baku Grand Prix.

About Club FEMMES DIGITALES:

Azerbaijan Women in ICT Club – FEMMES DIGITALES is a non-profit organization established in 2014 with a goal to get more women excited about technology and IT. FEMMES DIGITALES has been designed to be an advocate for women who are currently working for technology companies and for those that may work for business in other market sectors working with technology in their roles. The mission of the Club is to bring together stakeholders from the business sector, the government, the academia and from non-governmental organizations, giving the opportunity to support and to work for increasing the women’s professional participation in the sphere of ICT, as well as to take part in the development of technological and engineering products.

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Women in ICT Club ‘FEMMES DIGITALES’ has been created in Azerbaijan

The official opening of Azerbaijani women in ICT Club Femmes Digitales took place within the framework of the exhibition and conference BakuTel-2014. The FEMMES DIGITALES is the first professional structure in the country, bringing together women, related to information and communication technologies

The purpose of the Club is to unite women and girls in the ICT area, working in the public and private sectors, as well as in the sphere of social activity.

Making an opening speech at the ceremony, Elnur Aslanli, head of E-Governence Development Department of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT) noted the importance of creation of such a club.

Speaking at the event the founder of the club Femmes Digitales, Best Solutions CEO Jana Krimpe said despite the fact that she is from Estonia, but she has lived in Azerbaijan for more than 10 years, and has seen a special regard to women in this country, which she has never seen in another country.

“Azerbaijan, which has always played a leading role in the provision of unlimited opportunities for women, acknowledges and supports the leading role played by female professionals in the further development and maintenance of the dynamic and competitive ICT sector. The purpose of the Club is to unite women and girls in the ICT area, working in the public and private sectors, as well as in the sphere of social activity, said the Club’s founder Jana Krimpe. Speaking at the opening of the Club, Sabina Parvizi, Marketing Manager and one of the founders at Microsoft stated the importance of girls’ receiving education in ICT. 10% increase in the number of girls in ICT education may bring about an increase of 3% of GDP, she said.

Then reports were delivered by Bakcell representative Xaver Qambayzade on the topic “What is the woman who was successful in Azerbaijan’s ICT sphere?”, representative from Academy of Ethics Gunel Ibrahimli, “Role of youth organizations in increasing women’s participation in ICT” and representative of company Azerfon LLC Nigar Arpadarai “How to involve women in newly created companies and make their career in ICT sphere.

Gunel Ibrahimli said in her speech that in fact the creation of the club is a message to the world.

“The creation of such a club shows interest among women in Azerbaijan in exact sciences and creation of opportunities for them to acquire knowledge in this area. At present, part of tests to be filled in during recruitment requires ICT skills and knowledge and in the absence of this knowledge women give 70-80% of the labor market to men. That is why parents should not limit their children’s choice of profession and create opportunities for them to receive education and acquire specialized knowledge in this area, where there is seen a high demand in the labour market, and should stand by stereotypes, she said.

The event was also attended by former Estonian Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland and Head of the EU delegation in Azerbaijan Malena Mard, spoke and shared their opinions and experience.

The founders and members of the Club are planning their example and practical activities to increase Azerbaijani women’s and girls’ desire to make a career and receive education in this exciting and rapidly growing field, enjoy the ICT benefits as consumers, and users in order to make their life better.

Azerbaijan, which has always played a leading role in the provision of unlimited opportunities for women, acknowledges and supports the leading role played by female professionals in the further development and maintenance of the dynamic and competitive ICT sector.

The world’s growing demand for a range of skills in the ICT sector is a unique opportunity to determine properly the place of girls and women in the industry and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

Among the founders of the Club are women holding leading positions in different companies and organizations of Azerbaijan, such as the B.est Solutions, Microsoft, HP, Azercell, Bakcell, Azerfon, BBTV, the Communications & High Technologies Ministry, AGAT, ITECA, High Tech Research Center, ASAN, Mont LLC, and etc.

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FEMMES DIGITALES to conduct its meeting in the run-up to International Women’s Day

During the meeting the founders of the Club “FEMMES DIGITALES” will approve the activity plan for the year 2015, a series of public events including on-site educational program at secondary schools and universities aimed at popularization of ICT among young people and girls in particular. It is also expected to approve the design and concept of the Club’s website and admission of new members. In connection with the upcoming holidays all members of the Club will receive as a gift free Asan İmza SIM-cards. In the course of the meeting a new project on creation of brief documentary video films about professional activity and life of the founders and members of the Club is also planned to be discussed

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Our mission is to bring together stakeholders from the business sector, the government, the academia and from non-governmental organizations, giving the opportunity to support and to work for increasing the women’s professional participation in the sphere of ICT, as well as to take part in the development of technological and engineering products

AWIC „FEMMES DIGITALES” designed to be an advocate for women who are currently working for technology companies, and for those that may work for business in other market sectors working with technology in their roles.

Azerbaijan Women in ICT Club — „FEMMES DIGITALES” is a non-profit organization with a goal to get more women excited about technology and IT.

We think the world needs a more diverse group of people taking part in developing new technological solutions. So we are trying to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone, to experiment and learn new things. The local tech-interested female-oriented community to take matters into our own hands! Women of all ages are welcome.

Our organization providing leadership, support, mentorship, networking and a sense of community for women in all levels of the technology industry including those from technology companies and those with technology roles in other organizations.

The organization is based on the partnership of many stakeholders, including the private sector, the government, the academia and the non-profit sector, with the goal to leverage resources and research, build awareness, and promote programmes, which will remove the barriers that restrict girls and women to use information and communication technologies (ICT). The NGO’s activities are aimed at increasing the participation of women in education, entrepreneurship, and leadership in ICT and related sectors.

The AWIC “FEMMES DIGITALES” established in response to a growing acknowledgement by government and the industry about the declining number of women entering the industry as well as the impact of current low female participation levels on the skills base of ICT in Azerbaijan. The AWIC “FEMMES DIGITALES” represents a real desire by government, corporates and vendors to ‘invest in action’ to address female skills gaps and lack of interest in pursuing ICT careers by increasing awareness of the diversity of ICT roles.

The AWIC “FEMMES DIGITALES” is a critical link between government, business, the education sector and other industry associations to collaborate, and influence the direction of ICT in Azerbaijan.

GOAL

Our goal is to encourage young women that study computer science and work in the ICT sector, to take up an ICT-related careers. Through our activities we want to create a community which can support initiatives for attracting more women and girls in the ICT direction.

Our charter is to support women in technology—to learn from one another, network with each other and to support and educate future young  women who want to be involved in technology.

MISSION

Our mission is to bring together stakeholders from the business sector, the government, the academia and from non-governmental organizations, giving them the opportunity to support and to work for increasing the women’s professional participation in the sphere of ICT, as well as to take part in the development of technological and engineering products.

Azerbaijan Women in ICT Club – “FEMMES DIGITALES” cooperates in the implementation of regional innovative projects and stimulates research collaboration, exchange of good practices and resource mobilization in the ICT sector.

Our mission is to focus on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. As women with the capacity to inspire, it is our personal desire and passion to create and sustain an organization that focuses on the education, mentorship, collaboration, promotion, growth, and success of women in the technology sector, to contribute to the integration of women and girls in the Information Society of Azerbaijan.

Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable.

We support women-owned and women-operated technology companies. We ride ourselves on recognizing women leaders and entrepreneurs in the technology business and supporting them.

VISION

The vision of the Azerbaijan Women in ICT Club – AWIC “FEMMES DIGITALES” is empowering women and girls through education, science and technology. We invest in girls and women and encourage them to take up a career in the ICT, to become leaders in their communities, to become active participants in the decision-making processes.

We aim:

  • To transform the image of girls and women in the ICT sector.
  • To contribute to the competitiveness of the Azerbaijan economy through development of modern and working skills in the ICT sector.
  • To increase the number of women and girls turning to technological education and to stimulate them for professional development in the sphere of ICT.
  • To support academic research and innovative projects in the field of technology.
  • To develop the technological and the entrepreneurial skills of our members through trainings and projects.
  • To draw attention to the ICT sector on a regional, national and international level.
  • To provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities
  • To transform corporate and media perceptions of women
  • To create a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions in corporate Azerbaijan
  • To demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all
  • To influence top leaders in government, academia and industry to recognize the purchasing power of women
  • To encourage girls and young women to choose business and technology careers
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20.09.2015

Summercamp 2015 (Custom)

FEMMES DIGITALES is inviting all its members and those intending to get membership to its Women in ICT Summer Camp!

With this event, we launch a series of events dedicated to employment of women in ICT sector of Azerbaijan.
The event is aimed at providing a snapshot of women’s employment in ICT sphere in Azerbaijan, finding out major obstacles why a small number of women is employed in this sphere, and coming up with solution for increasing overall share of women in ICT sector. Why is it so important? Just imagine, according to assessment by European Commission, if ICT sector would have employed as many women as men, the GDP of Europe would have grown by 9 bn. euro per annum.
We will discuss how to advance in career ladder and how to get an ICT-related job.
We will find out why girls in Azerbaijan have chosen ICT specialties, and what, according to them, is the main reason for such a small number of women in this sector. They will also advice what should be done to stimulate women’s interest to ICT. We will try to familiarize with HR policies of leading local enterprises, along with challenges and problems related to employment and career-building in ICT; we will also learn the thoughts of company owners about the role of women in ICT.

We have incredible news for you! With this event we launch a new CAMPAIGN! All Club members, based on priority rule, will enjoy a unique opportunity to get informed about new vacancies. Priority upon selection of a candidate will be given to a Club member. First vacancy will be announced soon by a leading global IT company.

Along with the official session, the event’s agenda also provides for an entertainment part including golf contest for beginners, various prizes and collective Zumba masterclass. FEMMES DIGITALES love sports!

Those who have not decided where to work yet will have an excellent opportunity to informally communicate with owners and managers of leading Azerbaijani ICT companies!

We have not forgotten that many of our Club’s members are mothers. We invite you to take your children aged 4-14 with you as well. For them we will arrange a separate enthralling programme with building robots, launching rockets and child golf.

Participation is due to be confirmed by September 17th. Fee for participation is 10 AZN for Club members and 15 AZN for non-members. Payment at the Venue. If you have not become the member of our Club so far, we kindly invite you to do this. For more information about Club membership, please contact Ms. Aysel Khanmammadova at aysel.kh92@gmail.com.

Please note that seats are limited due to a large number of applications! We kindly ask you to fill in the registration form to reserve your seat. Please note that without registration you will not be allowed to the event!

Registration Form: https://docs.google.com…/1v23njdD64vvdER6iLswrKg…/viewform…
Perhaps, just this day could be your very first step towards new heights in your career.

Dress code – strictly sports casual! No high heels allowed!

Press and TVs invited.

We look forward to seeing you at Golf Federation at Binagadi dist., Bilajari settl., Sumgayit highway, 9km, Baku, Azerbaijan

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04.06.2015

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“DigiGirlz” conference organized by “Microsoft Azerbaijan” dedicated to women in ICT sector will be held in High Tech Park on June 4th.

“Microsoft” corporation supports women all over the world and helps them to realize their potential. The main purpose of the “DigiGirlz” conference is to support women who work in the sphere of technology in Azerbaijan and to stimulate their development. Special keywords will be made by representatives of “Microsoft Azerbaijan” company and the founders of non-profit organization “Femmes Digitales’. During the conference a technical seminar on mobile applications will be held .

The conference will be held in two languages – Azerbaijani and English (no translation will be provided) The attendance in the conference is free of charge and open only to ladies.

To attend the event please register at: www.aka.ms/dgaz

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23.04.2015

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Conference: DigiGirls of Azerbaijan: what is ICT role in woman life?

Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club “FEMMES DIGITALES” in co-operation with Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, ADA University– SITE (School of Information Technologies and Engineering),and AMCHAM (ICT Committee), WoWoman.orgis organised the conference: DigiGirls of Azerbaijan: what is ICT role in woman life?

TO ALL ICT-MINDED GIRLS & WOMEN!

Be a part of the global movement and join the celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day (#GirlsinICT) in Azerbaijan on 23rd April 2015!

International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience ICTs in a new light encouraging them to consider a future in technology. To date, over 111,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 3,500 events held in 140 countries around the world.

Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club “FEMMES DIGITALES”

in co-operation with Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, ADA University – SITE (School of Information Technologies and Engineering), Ministry of Education (tbc) and AMCHAM (ICT Committee),WoWoman.org is organising the conference:

DigiGirls of Azerbaijan: what is ICT role in woman life?

Come and join Girls in ICT Day celebration in Baku!

DigiGirls of Azerbaijan brings together women in ICT, start-ups, girls and women who take interest in ICT to meet each other to inspire and share experiences and best practises.

Special keywords will be made by representatives of Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, Delegation of European Union in Azerbaijan,OSCE, ADA University, AMCHAM, Founders of Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club “FEMMES DIGITALES”, GoldenPay

Hurry and book your seat already today!

ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bLNgmTaonNlzLodeAVVH5ElaXmUcJ0032Y1drDkY7yM/viewform

FEMMES DIGITALES in co-operation with Ministry of Communications and High Technologies is the partner of Girls in ICT Day in Azerbaijan!

The languages of the conference are: Azerbaijani and English

Overview

A Bright Future in ICTs Opportunities for a new generation of women
The future of the ICT sector is exciting. These are unchartered waters open to creativity, innovation and entirely new ways of working, interacting and learning that should appeal to women and men alike. The Institute for the Future identifies six drivers most likely to shape the future workforce: longer life spans; a rise in smart devices and systems; advances in computational systems such as sensors and processing power; new multimedia technology; the continuing evolution of social media; and a globally connected world. The ICT sector clearly underpins this future.

Increasing participation of girls and women in the ICT, the ultimate goal of the Conference is:
• to raise awareness on how ICTs can be a long-term solution to promote female employment in Azerbaijan;
• to initiate and support better collaboration between Public and Private sector stakeholders aiming at the creation of digital jobs at national level;
• to exchange good practice at national level among participants.

Focusing on the main issues of the Women in ICT policy, the objectives of the Conference will be a common elaboration for the below mentioned key priorities:
• Strengthen the positions of women in the ICT sector;
• Promote good practice for career counselling and mentoring to be mainstreamed;
• Foster the dialogue between women and Universities teaching ICT, ICT companies by promoting the attractiveness of ICT careers among girls and women and strengthening the trust of ICT companies, especially SMEs, in women as employees;
• Establish a direct contact with women willing to start/change to ICT careers and assist them in finding relevant stakeholders for their career development.

 

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