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The EBRD helps promote female participation in the ICT sector

The EBRD helps promote female participation in the ICT sector

 April 20, 2022

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that its Gender & Economic Inclusion Policy Lead, Caucasus, Mariam Kobalia, will be selecting winners of the Grace Hopper Award Program 2022

Promoting women's participation in ICT 

EBRD Grace Hopper Award

The Grace Hopper Award Program recognizes local girls and women in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and puts a spotlight on those organizations and initiatives that are making strides towards promoting women’s increased participation in the ICT sector.

The program is organized by the USAID Economic Security Program in Georgia, in partnership with TBC Bank and UN Women. The program is supported by the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia, VISA, UGT and Majorel Georgia.

Acknowledging outstanding individuals 

The Award Program bears the name of Grace Hopper, a prominent 20th-century American computer scientist, United States computer programming pioneer.

Through public nominations, the Grace Hopper Award Program acknowledges outstanding individuals, programs, and organizations across six categories.

Experience addressing social issues 

Mariam has more than ten years of progressive experience in working on addressing social issues relevant to vulnerable groups, including youth and women, both on local and regional settings. She also has vast experience in gender equality and gender mainstreaming work with local NGOs, public and private institutions, ranging from gender analysis, trainings, and coaching to reach better results to empowering vulnerable groups.

Implementing gender inclusion

In her role for the EBRD, Mariam supports local clients and policy partners to develop and implement gender and economic inclusion impact in line with EBRD priorities. This includes negotiating sustainable, goal-driven partnerships between employers and local education and training providers to offer high-quality learning opportunities for young women and men and other disadvantaged groups and promote gender equal opportunities at the client and policy levels.

Mariam's work also includes delivering priorities on gender and economic inclusion under EBRD’s Solidarity Package and throughout its broader COVID-19 pandemic crisis response within the months to come.


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