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International Women’s Day: Making It Happen for Girls and Women in Tech

This post originally appeared on the IIE blog and is re-posted with permission. 

By: Beth Garriott

Today, women make up 12 percent of all computer science grads. Just three decades ago, they represented 37 percent. They’re half the workforce, but hold only a quarter of technical or computing jobs.

If current trends continue, the Department of Labor estimates half of the 1.4 million new STEM-related jobs in this country will go unfilled.

This reality is of course not confined to the United States — it’s even more pronounced in other countries, especially in the developing world.

March 8th was International Women’s Day. And internationally, women and men should be outraged by this. When we close the door to opportunity — especially opportunity in the sector that is the engine of modern economic growth — we all suffer. Our tech companies and our society are worse off. Read more

BAIL Banter: Perspectives from Bay Area Internationalists (Eva Vander Giessen)

Special Edition! With the holidays we’re publishing this week’s blog early and taking next week off. More in January. Wishing everyone in the BAIL community a happy new year!

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BAIL Banter is a series of interviews with San Francisco Bay Area experts and members of the BAIL community. If you’d like to be interviewed or to recommend someone we should feature, please contact Prairie Summer.

This week we are excited to introduce Eva Vander Giessen, Creative Director at MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), where she designs strategies to engage Eva new investors, deepen relationships with stakeholders, and raise awareness abroad of MEET’s positive disruption of the status quo in the Middle East. She has also led citizen diplomacy projects in Central Asia and the Middle East, and art+tech educational programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eva serves as a member of sister city committees between Afghanistan and the US, and on the board of directors of Afghan Friends Network, an NGO that promotes dignity, nurtures potential, and supports bold steps in Afghanistan.

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Global Education for All Ages

By: David Harris

While BAIL has done an incredible job this year building community among internationally-minded adults in the Bay Area, there is another group of people here in our little corner of the world that perhaps are just as much in need of help in this area: students. The Global Lives Project has set out to create opportunities for students to engage and get to know what everyday life is like around the world.


Global Lives video installations showcase daily life in its raw form — 24 hours of unedited footage from waking up and making breakfast to commuting, eating dinner and preparing for bed — presented in a way that surrounds viewers, inviting them to reflect and discuss the footage. From students in Malawi and Lebanon to a farmer in Indonesia or workers in Brazil and Serbia, our videos feature lives from around the world. Read more

Featured December Events

Holiday season is here! What are you doing to discuss, debate and engage in December? Need some ideas? Here you go….

Please see our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events across the Bay Area.

If you’re hosting events or know of any that we’ve missed, please submit them to our calendar (there’s a form just to the right of the calendar itself). You can also contact us if you have questions or difficulty submitting.

SF Human Rights Night 2014

Wednesday, December 10
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Bay Area International Link (BAIL), Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Advocates and the International Justice Resource Center.
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Can Film Be a Game-Changer for Women and Girls?

By: Kimberley Sevcik

I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.

When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.

The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.

Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.

It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more