Karachi (Muhammad Yasir) Engro Vopak Terminal Limited in partnership with CIRCLE Women, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment, held Tech Karo’s Closing Ceremony on Sunday, at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership. The Tech Karo Program aims to create a pipeline of women in tech by providing web development and life skills to youth, especially women from the underserved communities – an initiative that champions the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 & 8, of Gender Equality and Economic Growth.
With 62% of the students being female, the first batch had 50 graduates. Over 30 students were placed in internships with leading tech companies, including 10 Pearls and Ibex Global. The program also ensured that the students received proper guidance regarding the tech industry through Tech Mentorship. British Deputy High Commissioner Elin Burns was the chief guest for the afternoon. Tahira Raza former President First Women Bank, Dr Zahir Syed Vice Chancellor Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Dr Shoaib Zaidi Professor and Head of Academics at UIT were present amongst many others to show their support.
While speaking at the occasion, Jahangir Piracha, CEO Engro Vopak Terminal Limited said “It was indeed an inspirational afternoon, seeing what CIRCLE had envisioned for this young talent and how they delivered their promise to give them a holistic program. We are proud that we embarked this journey to introduce more women in the tech sector with CIRCLE.”
On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, Founder CIRCLE shared the challenges in introducing this innovative program and said “Technology is an equaliser and enabler. We are thrilled to bring digital skills to young Pakistani women and men so they prosper and Pakistan progresses.”