#She_Is_A_Scientist campaign, is a series of engagements highlighting the incredibly talented Moroccan women and girls operating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), who participated in U.S. exchange programs.
Since 2012, the U.S. government has supported a wide range of exchange opportunities specifically focused on Moroccan women who work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — in recognition of the crucial role that women increasingly play in these rapidly developing fields. More than 1500 young Moroccan women aged 15 to 35 have participated in these programs, which have allowed them to travel to the United States to directly share ideas and experiences with their U.S. counterparts in top universities, companies, and government institutions at the local, state and Washington, DC levels.
Those programs include:
TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional American counterparts for a mentorship and exchange program. More info about the program here.
TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology. More info about the program here.
DigiGirlz Mentorship Program
DigiGirlz Mentorship Program is a groundbreaking initiative launched in 2017 by PAS, designed to engage girls aged between 15 and 18 years old to solve social issues using the power of technology and facilitate their avocation of STEM careers through mentoring. Participants engage in a social innovation process allowing them to identify challenges relevant to a specific topic and develop creative solutions using technology.
The U.S. Mission has also worked with local partners to create STEM programs in Morocco, namely Race2Space (Space Camp), DigiGirlz, and the First Tech Challenge.
The Girlz For Impact Days Initiative is a main component of the #She_Is_A_Scientist campaign, launched by the US Mission in Morocco to highlight the more than 1500 Moroccan women and girls who have participated in U.S. exchange and in-country programs focused on STEM since 2010. Those programs include DigiGirlz, TechWomen, TechGirls, Race2Space (Space Camp), and the First Tech Challenge, among others.
Girlz For Impact Days consists of a two-week period, from March 8-20, 2023, where all Moroccans – men and women – across the country are invited and encouraged to “give back” to their communities through STEM-focused activities and projects aimed at enhancing women/girls’ involvement in science, leadership, and social innovation. These volunteer initiatives will be implemented between March 8-20, 2023, however registration to participate in this exciting effort will be open starting today until March 4th, 2023. Information about Girlz For Impact Days project guidelines and instructions on how to register can be found on the Girlz For Impact platform at: www.girlzforimpact.com. Additional information about the #She_Is_A_Scientist campaign can be found on the U.S. Embassy in Morocco’s website and social media platforms.
On Social Media
Laila and Imane Berchane are the founders of Loop for Science and Technology, an innovative NGO specializing in STEM education. Learn how these sisters are empowering girls and women in STEM in Morocco!
Meet Wijdane, an aspiring aerospace engineer with a passion for space exploration, who also happens to be a Space Camp alumna! Watch Wijdane share her story and find out how she became passionate about space and why she is an inspiration to other women and girls in STEM.
Meet Somayya, an IVLP alumna and a talented young woman with a passion for industrial engineering. Learn more about her entrepreneurial journey and how she successfully demonstrates that amazing things can be achieved through technical expertise and business insight. Somayya’s inspiring story is just one of many in our #She_is_a_Scientist video series. To learn how you can help celebrate and empower women in STEM, make sure to visit GirlzforImpact.com before March 4th!