Girls Power Fund creates hybrid educational opportunities in STEM for girls and young women from rural and remote areas in Kazakhstan.
Though Kazakhstan has made significant improvement towards upholding women’s rights, gender stereotypes are still a critical concern. According to the UNDP Gender Social Norms Index, about 96% of the population still have conservative beliefs regarding the role of women in society. These stereotypes also hold girls back from pursuing a career in STEM, despite that such jobs pay significantly more than others. Women continue to be underrepresented in the STEM sector, making up only 25% of the workforce.
Girls Power Fund focuses on encouraging girls and young women to enrich and build their knowledge using both traditional and non-traditional approaches in education. The team conducts hard and soft skills trainings for girls from underserved communities, such as STEM courses, and personal development and financial literacy trainings. Their programmes are led by internationally recognized experts and mentors.
Girls Power Fund strives for achieving gender equality in STEM while providing equal opportunities for quality education. Currently, the team has reached 800 girls from Kazakhstan, by providing 12 free–of–charge educational courses in two languages. The fund seeks to create a space for networking and professional support, bringing together participants in a community that has engaged over 2000 girls and young women in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
“Participating in the BOOST Programme felt like going on an exchange – immersing ourselves into the culture of social change created by others around the world, exploring various areas from business acceleration to behaviour insights, and cooperating with global changemakers to tackle worldwide development challenges together.”