Date: 26/06/2020

Girls in Tech program closes with certificate award ceremony

Participants stay safe, receive certificates in online event

Twenty female final year students of engineering had the opportunity to gain new knowledge and practical experience in a unique work placement and mentoring programme delivered by the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and AmCham Serbia. The Girls in Tech initiative was just one in a line of activities envisaged in the government’s Programme to Empower Women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), 2019-2020.

Apart from attending workshops designed to help them develop interpersonal skills, over the past several months the students were engaged on projects as part of their mentoring groups where they developed new expertise and skills and made their first steps into practice.

Milana Jević Gledović, member of AmCham’s Board of Governors, congratulated the participants and their mentors, who remained committed to their projects despite the health emergency. ‘It’s a fact that talent, dedication, and effort always find ways to succeed. The young ladies here with us prove the old adage right – and I’m especially happy and proud to see more and more women choosing to build their careers in ICT’, Ms Jević Gledović added.

‘Gender equality is key for the development of Serbia, particularly when it comes to new technologies. If girls and women remain under-represented in technology, this could deepen the economic gender gap and affect the prosperity of our society as a whole. Our Ministry is working hard to improve the position of girls and women in ICT, but what was missing was broader involvement by industry. This is why I’d like to especially welcome the participation of our partner companies and hope that many other firms will in the future choose to follow their lead, and I wish our students every success in their careers’, said Natalija Radoja, Head of the Department for Regulation in the field of Cyber Security and Electronic Business at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

The students were advised by 14 mentors from eight companies: Algotech, Ball Packaging Europe, DXC, Enetel Solutions, Roaming Networks, Telenor, Telegroup, and VIP.

For the video record of the event, please follow this link.