Prishtina, April 27, 2022 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo held its next activity in the framework of Girls in ICT week, organized under the patronage of the Municipality of Prishtina. To discuss possible careers and opportunities offered to youngsters, especially from various programs and projects for young girls, stakeholders from state institutions, but also the private sector were part of the panel of discussion.
The Deputy Mayor of Prishtina Donjeta Sahatçiu was also present at the event, as a keynote speaker, who said that the Municipality of Prishtina, this time, has managed to support this sector, by allowing girls and women to consider ICT as an opportunity to pursue their working career. “This time, we have come together to raise our voice by allowing more girls and boys to see ICT as a career for the future,” said Sahatçiu.
The Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo Arian Zeka said that for a long time the field of ICT has been perceived as a profession suitable only for men. “Decades ago, it was prejudiced that this profession is only for men, but this approach has changed given the fact that women now work in ICT as well,” said Zeka.
Fjolla Restelica, Head of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in the KODE Project, the Ministry of Economy said that in recent years the opportunities for girls in ICT have increased, and this is shown by the increasing participation of girls in this sector. She told the students present that in this profession, curiosity and willingness to continuously learn are very important.
Lecturer at Cacttus Education Rrezarta Pllana said that not only Kosovo, but every country in the world, is still facing shortcomings in the development and inclusion of girls in the field of ICT. She added that the ICT sector is a very challenging and dynamic field and that support is always needed.
Executive Coordinator at Kutia Liridona Syla said that the profession in ICT is considered very successful for girls while adding that the company she comes from aims to make the staff 50 percent with girls.
Naxhije Pajaziti Arifaj, Director of Communications at KEDS said that it is very important for girls to see themselves in any profession, and to know that they have the opportunity to develop in any field they choose.