On February 11, 2024, Sisters of Code celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is an annual observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the full and equal access and participation of females in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. On this special occasion, we interviewed two women working in the technology sector. They not only shared insights into their experiences working in this dynamic field but also offered inspiring messages for girls aspiring to pursue degrees or careers in tech.
Oeurn Vapy, Sisters of Code mentor and ICT teacher
"My name is Oeurn Vapy. I am 28 years old. I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology (IT) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and also completed my studies at the National Institute of Education (NIE). Currently, I am an ICT Teacher at New Generation School (NGS) Preah Sisowath, and I am also a mentor at Sister Of Code.
In my observation, the number of women in IT field is still limited. This is one of the main reasons that motivated me to study IT and work in this field. We know that women have a lot of potential in this field, and information technology is essential for everyone. They can discover new job opportunities, express creativity, and create their own solutions.
I would also like to send a message to other girls who wish to study IT: learning technology is an important skill for anyone. It can help you discover new opportunities, learn how to innovate, and create your own solutions. Women can bring innovation, new perspectives, and diversity to the workplace – and for any company, the power lies in the minds and hearts of its people. Technology is fun and easy."
Than Kimhong, IT developer at Phnom Penh Commercial Bank
"My name is Than Kimhong. I recently graduated with a degree in computer science from Royal University of Phnom Penh and currently work as an IT developer at Phnom Penh Commercial Bank.
In today's society, the use of information technology is pervasive and pivotal across various industries such as finance, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and entertainment. This profound impact has fueled my passion for technology, motivating me to pursue studies in this field.
To aspiring women in technology, I would like to convey that anyone can acquire knowledge and skills in this field, regardless of gender. There are no inherent barriers to learning, and every individual has the potential to excel in technology."
As Sisters of Code celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Vapy and Kimhong's story serves as an inspiration to women everywhere, urging them to break barriers and pursue their passions. Together, let us build a world where every girl has the opportunity to thrive and excel in STEM, unlocking their full potential. Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!