Successful “Techfugees-4-Women” initiative is spinning out from Techfugees as part of the new Sistech organisation – former CEO Josephine Goube will lead the new entity
Conceived in 2018 in collaboration with Techfugees France, the Women Fellowship represents an innovative inclusion programme, co-designed by refugee women, offering access to educational, mentoring and practical knowledge, to accelerate professional inclusion of refugee women in the digital tech sector.
Led by Executive Director Josephine Goube, the initial pilot successfully grew into a fully fledged programme with the support of key partners that included L’Oreal, Cisco and many others to provide weekly mentoring, certified training and networking activities to empower inclusion of refugee women.
So far, 140 beneficiaries have participated in the programme that is now scaling across France, Italy and Greece with 70% of refugee women integrating fully into the digital tech workforce.
With the learnings gained from the Fellowship and Pathway programmes operated by Techfugees for Impact in the last four years, the launch of the new Sistech organisation on 1st February 2022 will be a new charitable organisation with independent brand operating outside of Techfugees core global activities, to support international expansion of the Women Fellowship programme and ambition to serve more than 500 refugee women by 2024.
Whilst Techfugees wish the Sistech team well on setting new direction, Techfugees Foundation will continue harnessing international collective efforts to scale innovations, inclusion and insights initiatives with select partner organisations serving common purpose to uplift one million displaced persons in three years by strengthening their digital skills capacity including access to trusted information and resources to empower their inclusion and digital rights.
The global community orchestrated by Techfugees Foundation will be led by Raj Burman (Chief Executive), Louise Brosset (Global Community Officer), Petra Johansson, (Director) including members of Techfugees International Chapters taking every opportunity to collectively uplift unheard, unseen voices from displaced communities and refugees to the forefront for inclusion with responsible digital innovations.