The EU4Digital guide for ‘Setting up mentorship programmes to bridge the gender gap in ICT: a guide for the Eastern partner countries’ is based on a case-study of the Women Go TechTMmentorship programme.
The guide defines the recommendations for organisations willing to kick-start a scalable and high-quality mentorship programme, which can achieve visible impact. While it discusses in more detail the specific context in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, The Republic of Moldova, Ukraine), most of the lessons learned and all the key guiding principles are applicable to any mentorship programme wherever it is implemented. Also, the guide reports on the key challenges identified for deploying women mentorship programmes in the EaP region.
The study was guided by EU4Digital and prepared by team from Women Go TechTM, including the involvement of partner organisations from the six Eastern partner countries. The conclusions and recommendations were developed and adapted to realities of the countries by holding the multiple rounds of workshops with six beneficiary organisations:
- Girls in Tech Armenia (Armenia);
- Azerbaijani Women in ICT Club – Femmes Digitales (Azerbaijan);
- EPAM (Belarus);
- Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) (Georgia);
- Moldovan Association of Information and Communications Technology Companies (ATIC) (The Republic of Moldova);
- Girls in STEM (Ukraine).