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Here is yet another of Hillary Clinton’s initiatives at the State Department that will continue to move forward after she departs.  How anyone does not perceive the impact this has on nations and the world is beyond me.  When you move women ahead with 21st century skills sets, you change the future of countries and how they interact at both the governmental and civil levels.   The value Hillary Clinton has set on open communication via technology, 21st Century Statecraft, Smart Power, and citizen diplomacy via social networks is an innovation that will remain a focus of the State Department past her tenure.   Thousands of people from hundreds of countries have come to this blog to hear and see her words.  I cannot help but think that they understand us a little better as a result of her service, and I think we understand them better just because she has been Secretary of State – the best on I have ever see in my life.


TechWomen Gather in Jordan To Collaborate, Code, and Connect

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 31, 2013

Fusing technology with efforts to empower women and girls, the U.S. Department of State announced today that participants of TechWomen will meet in Jordan from February 1-10 to collaborate and connect through workshops and visits with local organizations. An innovative public-private partnership, TechWomen pairs emerging women in technology from the Middle East and North Africa with American women mentors from the greater Silicon Valley area.

TechWomen, which was launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, has brought almost 80 women from the Middle East and North Africa and the United States together for month-long mentorships. The program builds on Secretary Clinton’s vision of “smart power” — embracing the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case technology, to empower women and girls and foster greater understanding worldwide. This year, TechWomen will include emerging women in the tech sector from Sub-Saharan African countries. To learn more, click here.

In addition to engaging local partners, the TechWomen delegation will also meet with members of the first class of TechGirls, which Secretary Clinton launched in 2012, to engage girls ages 15-17 from the Middle East and North Africa who have displayed strong interest in the technology sector. To learn more about TechGirls, click here.

While in Jordan, the TechWomen will meet with entrepreneurs about e-commerce strategies and discuss career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the TechGirls. They will also meet members of civil society, who work to train women on how to use social media in their businesses and organizations. These TechWomen are also slated to host a networking conference for young women and girls in collaboration with Princess Sumaya University of Science and Technology.

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