TechWomen 2017, a mentorship and exchange program for emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math where 10 women have left for the United States from Pakistan to participate in programme.  Pakistani women have participated in the U.S. government-funded TechWomen program for the first time among other 100 participants from Africa, Central, and South Asia, and Middle East.

After competitive selection, Pakistani women earn this opportunity to take part in 5 weeks programme at San Francisco, California, and Washington, D.C.

“Pakistan needs more women in science,” said participant Saima Shabbir. “I am really excited to be a part of the first cohort of TechWomen emerging leaders from Pakistan.”

“The American Embassy warmly welcomed and appreciated so many talented and motivated Pakistani professionals participating in the TechWomen program for the very first time,” said American Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Arlissa Reynolds. “I am certain they will share valuable ability with the other and get ahead to hearing about the new ideas and relationships they develop in the United States.”

Even though Pakistanis have participated in the TechWomen program the first time, the US Department of State each year sends approximately 1,000 Pakistanis to the US on a variety of professional and academic exchange programs.