The United States has established an exchange program to develop African Science and Technology skills, American Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has confirmed.
“We want to make sure that all the tools that technology has made available are just as open to women as they are to men,” says Clinton.
“Innovation thrives on good ideas, and women have a lot of good ideas.”
The Program will bring 38 women from the Middle East and North Africa to a 5-week workshop in California. Algeria, Egypt and Morocco will each send delegates.
The first group has already arrived in Silicon Valley this past June to meet women who are industry leaders, who will serve as mentors for the MENA-based tech stars. Mentors come from a variety of industries, ranging from computing giants Microsoft, IBM and HP to social networking companies like Twitter and Facebook that recently shot to stardom.
The program’s website lists the its genesis as President Barack Obama’s goal of increased cooperation, which was outlined in his 2009 speech.