Women face workplace discrimination in all sectors. The low level of women working in the technology sector is problem throughout the world, Libya is no exception. The technology sector in Libya is under developed which makes it difficult for young graduates of both genders to enter the field. In order to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to build a career, we need to
equip all entrepreneurs with the right skills and experience to succeed.
Tatweer Entrepreneurship Campus (TEC) led by Tatweer Research is a part of a three-year EU-funded initiative to be implemented by UNDP, aiming to help local authorities in Libya to improve access to essential services, create jobs and provide the right environment for all entrepreneurs to flourish regardless of their gender. TEC launched Operation Pour, an 8-week coding boot camp for university students and fresh graduates with a passion for computer programming to improve their coding skills. Operation Pour is designed to graduate skilled coders with an entrepreneurial spirit to start
their own business.
Operation Pour puts the participants skill in use by having them work on their personal projects. One of the projects being developed by Aziza Alhasi and Tafaha Asheeb, a team of two bright Libyan women with a passion for coding and technology. Their project; School Connect is a platform that connects parents and school administration to amplify and ease‘the educational process. When asked about the impact of the boot camp so far on their project, they were very satisfied with the results. Operation Pour provided them with the right structure to scale up their idea and take it to the next level.
Sophia by Hala Haithm is a smart medical app that provides diagnostic and ultrasound scan services. Hala finds the greatest advantage gained from Operation Pour is being in a physical classroom with an instructor and an environment of other coders that can provide support when needed.
This is the second coding boot camp implemented by Tatweer Research in Benghazi, Libya. Operation Pour graduates shared that being part of the program enhanced their skills which provided them with a leverage of various job options, especially for women. It is no secret that companies prefer to hire men for engineering and technology job openings. Such programs are a push in the right direction for diversity and inclusion.
The diverse tech savvy group of participants have creative project concepts that tackle problems in different fields, education, health and transportation. Given the right support system, these ideas will contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in Libya socially and economically. The entrepreneurs are very enthusiastic about their startups and plan to apply to the second cohort of Enjazi next year. Enjazi is the first nationwide entrepreneurship competition in Libya to empower entrepreneurs and startup managed by Tatweer Research in partnership with MIT enterprise forum PAN Arab.
One of the important values these boot camps add is having more women participate in establishing the Libyan technology sector. TEC is opening doors that will break stereotypes to empower and include Libyan women.