Aug 16, 2021

Girls in ICT Events Continue in 2021!

The Centre for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) continued with the activities of promoting the Information and Communication Technologies among girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, regardless of the COVID-19 crisis.

Since most of the educational activities across the country are organized online, CCSP has decided to organize this year’s Hour of Code in the same way. CCSP organized consecutive events from December 7 to December 11, 2020. Five workshops and motivational events gathered 150 elementary and high school students from all around Bosnia and Herzegovina, with more than 50% girls. The speakers in these events, Almedin Beganovic, Ibrahim Muzaferija, Rastko Zeljkovic, Suad Torlak, and Amina Muzurovic, covered a variety of topics, such as the path to success in ICT, Mobile Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. To promote gender equality in this sector, CCSP decided to dedicate a whole session to women in ICT, the challenges and obstacles women face, how to overcome them, and what are the benefits of being a female in ICT.

On April 30 2021 CCSP organized a virtual motivational workshop for 20 girls on the occasion of the International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technologies. As the event took place online girls from rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina also got the chance to take part in this event. The speakers included Zinka Bejtic, a Digital Media professor at the American University in Sharjah (UAE), with more than 20 years of teaching and professional experience, and Amina Muzurovic, Mobile and Salesforce Developer at Mistral Company. Zinka shared her story which also included confronting gender stereotypes during her teaching experience but stressed the importance of establishing close ties with students and respecting everyone's identity and life path for the transferred knowledge and experience to make sense. "Get out of your comfort zone to see what you can do if you want to," said Zinka, adding that women's empowerment starts by supporting each other, influencing the younger generations, appearing as role models, so that young women can have when to see. " Amina offered an IT perspective and shared the story of her path in the sector. One of the participants in the workshop was Nejra Coric, who insisted on sharing her story. Namely, after last year's Girls in ICT event organized by CCSP, Nejra remained in contact with Amina, who inspired her in her IT career. Although she doubted her ability to complete a task for an IT competition, as she says, "I recalled Amina's advice and completed the task, and won one of the prizes."

We hope that the girls who had the opportunity to listen to this motivational workshop gained additional self-confidence and strength and that together we took another step towards breaking stereotypes and increasing the number of women in the IT sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other than these events, CCSP has promoted the project itself on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as well as urged the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support this particular project and other projects alike. However, the main success of these events is proactive girls taking up courses and careers in ICT after being motivated by our projects.

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Feb 17, 2021

A Gender Balanced Hour of Code 2020 and Many More Activities!

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The Centre for Civil Society Promotion (CCSP) proceeded with supporting girls in Information and Communication Technologies, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

After a successful online event which marked the International Girls in ICT Day on April 23rd 2020, CCSP has continued on helping girls who are interested in taking up careers in STE(A)M.

The virtual discussion in April was held on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Marketing. 45 girls aged 13-18 who are interested in taking up a career path in ICT or STEM fields participated in this discussion. The speakers were Jasna Nuhic – Business Development Specialist from ZIRA company, Ena Zunic-Cejvanovic – Data Scientist at the Ministry of Programming, Amina Muzurovic – Mobile Developer at Mistral, and Latifa Imamovic – Marketing Manager of Klika company.

Due to the fact that all of the educational activities across the country were moved online, CCSP has decided to organize this year’s Hour of Code in the same manner. As an official partner of Code.org in organizing Hour of Code in Bosnia and Herzegovina, CCSP has organized this global educational event in the week from December 7 to December 11, 2020. Supported by Microsoft in Bosnia and Herzegovina, five consequential workshops and motivational events were held online for elementary and high school students. Around 150 students took part in the events, while more than 50% of them were girls.

The speakers in these events, Almedin Beganovic, Ibrahim Muzaferija, Rastko Zeljkovic, Suad Torlak, and Amina Muzurovic, covered a variety of topics, such as the path to success in ICT, Mobile Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. In order to promote gender equality in this sector, CCSP  decided to dedicate a whole session to women in ICT, the challenges and obstacles women face, how to overcome them and what are the benefits of being a female in ICT. Afterwards, CCSP organized a competition in essay writing on the topic of why one should become an IT professional. 6 essays were awarded, and 4 out of 6 awards went to girls from different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The goal of these events, especially the one dedicated to women in ICT, was to encourage girls to do what they like – and never give up on their aspirations. This, truly remarkable event not only inspired girls, but also provided a chance for them to ask questions, network, and make life choices according to their ambitions, not according to what the society instructs them to do.

Other than these events, CCSP has promoted the project itself on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as well as urged the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support this particular project and other projects alike.

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Oct 14, 2020

Despite COVID-19 Girls in ICT Received Support

The Center for the Promotion of Civil Society (CPCD) continued on promoting girls in Information and Communication Technologies, despite the COVID-19 crisis.

After successful Hour of Code 2019 closing ceremony, organized on January 25th 2020, educational Girls in ICT workshop held on March 9th 2020, CPCD organized an online event for the purpose of marking the International Girls in ICT Day on April 23rd 2020.

The virtual discussion was held on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Marketing. 45 girls aged 13-18 who are interested in taking up a career path in ICT or STEM fields participated in this discussion. The speakers were Jasna Nuhic – Business Development Specialist from ZIRA company, Ena Zunic-Cejvanovic – Data Scientist at the Ministry of Programming, Amina Muzurovic – Mobile Developer at Mistral, and Latifa Imamovic – Marketing Manager of Klika company.

Regardless of the fact that no in-person events could be held at the time, CPCD decided to continue on supporting girls who are showing deep interest for this field, as it presents an important factor for the reaching of gender equality goals in STE(A)M areas. The participants have shown probing knowledge of ICT related topics and interest in continuing their education in ICT or similar sectors. They were additionally motivated by the speakers. Jasna Nuhic presented them with the application of artificial intelligence for medical purposes, Ena Zunic talked about her work at CERN and data science combined with artificial intelligence, Amina Muzurovic touched upon target marketing, personalization of content and provided a connection between ICT and our daily lives. Finally, Latifa Imamovic offered a perspective of artificial intelligence from a marketing perspective.

After short presentations by the speakers, attendees asked questions on how to embark upon a path of ICT if you are a woman or how to succeed in ICT as a girl. The speakers offered an answer which the girls deemed the most inspirational moment of the event – the key of success in ICT is in challenging yourself, not paying attention to what other people say or do. Numerous girls commented on the lack of female representatives of the ICT sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and asked for the contacts of the speakers so that they could assist them in their further careers.

The goal of this event was to inspire girls to do what they like – and never give up on their dreams. It was a truly remarkable experience which bred amazing results and networking.

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