JERUSALEM – The American Consulate General in Jerusalem today launched the BanaTech program that will connect young Palestinian female students to the mentors and skills they need to succeed in the fields of science and technology. The six-month training program, conducted in cooperation with Al-Nayzak, Jawal, Birzeit University, An-Najah University and Palestine PolyTechnic University, will introduce these TechGirls to Palestinian female leaders who have overcome obstacles and succeeded in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math – fields in which women continue to be underrepresented .
Dorothy Shea, who is Acting Consul General of the United States in Jerusalem, told the young Palestinian female students gathered together, “Lean on one another and dare to be bold, dare to dream big. I hope the next generation will no longer have to distinguish between male- or female-dominated careers. You can be anything you want to be. Yours is not an easy task, but it is an important one. You have before you great models in Palestinian women and women from around the globe.”
These ## 15-17 year-old Palestinian girls will pass through three main stages in the BanaTech program. In the first stage, they will gain skills thorough technical clubs held in cooperation with Palestinian universities and Palestinian companies. In the second two stages, the young Palestinian scientists will be paired with experienced and successful Palestinian women to spearhead initiative an initiative of their own design and implementation.