8th March is marked as International Women’s Day. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an astonishing role in the history of their countries and communities.
Women’s Day Special: Women Making Things Happen via Technology
Women all around the world are playing their role not only in the development of nations but also as the work force needed to elevate the economic position of a country.
Following are some ladies, in no specific order but equally outstanding in the field of technology:
She is a Human rights activist and social entrepreneur who founded ChunriChoupaal in Amsterdam, and the award-winning Community Technology Center for Women project in rural Pakistan. Iffat Gill is of the view that it is impossible to stay away from technology, because it has become an integral part of our life.
She is the Editor in chief of CIO Pakistan magazine. CIO is the world’s leading business technology magazine. It is printed in many countries across the globe including Pakistan. She is the founder and director of Communique Collective. It is a marketing firm that handles small and medium enterprises both in Pakistan and abroad.
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A change consultant in ICT in Mexico, working with groups such as UNICEF on youth projects.
Founded Digital Rights Foundation and in 2015 was named in Time magazine’s list of next-generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment.
Jehan Ara, is the architect behind PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations). The company’s major goal is the development and protection of software industry in Pakistan. It also partners with companies beyond the borders to offer its clients with the best of software products and services.
Kalsoom Lakhani is the CEO of i2i (invest2innovate). The company not only identifies the promising entrepreneurs in Pakistan, but also trains them through a four month program and finally connects them to investors. It encourages and motivates entrepreneurs and helps them stabilize.
Maria Umar is the founder of Women’s Digital League (WDL), which is an online portal that offers digital facilities. WDL aims to tap into what it calls “a vast dormant workforce which is either dejected from working outside or has trouble finding work opportunities.”
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These are just some of the amazing women in the world of technology, when there are so many other that can be discussed and applauded for their contributions.