ICT has changed my life , so i am trying to transform this Technology to other girls & women

Samia Al sayed
Posted April 24, 2019 from Syrian Arab Republic

Thanks to the development of the field of Communications and Information Technology, the entire world is a single village. We share news and interact with each other through social media, build friendships and learn about the latest innovations in science that promise to increase the quality of life for everyone.  

My name is Samia Al Sayed and I am an Information Technology engineer, specializing in the medical automation field for 10 years. I can’t hide how much this technology has made my life easier and how many obstacles it has helped me to overcome.

I am a disabled person with both of my legs affected by polio. My utilization of technology and communication techniques has helped me achieve lots of successes in my work, which is borne out by the testimony of everyone around me. In fact, I am considered successful and a superior employee.

I have organized many initiatives for women and girls in my local community, focusing on the need for community integration, social and economic empowerment, and entry into the labor market. The use of communication technology has had a lot of impact on the success of our projects:

  1. The internet makes it easy for everyone to communicate with each other. Most of our meetings are via the web.
  2. We use Facebook pages to inform about our activities and to raise awareness of our issues.
  3. We also market our women's products and sell them through social media and have been able to access some foreign markets.

Some of the problems we face:

  1. Assistive technologies for women with disabilities, such as deaf and blind people, are not accessible to everyone, especially at the present time because of Syria’s wars and current conflicts.
  2. Communications Technology is still expensive and not accessible to all.
  3. We must continue to raise awareness to increase the number of girls who study the techniques of computer science and communications as males are still the majority in this area.

For me, in my field, I am trying to be a good example for women around me. Along with some friends, I have started an initiative to train about 200 young nurses in the hospital where I work in computer science during the six coming months. There is great demand and desire to learn.

My story with technology may be simple but I hope it inspires many people to enter the technology field and study this science, which is advancing rapidly. We need to double our efforts to catch up.

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Dawn Arteaga
Apr 24
Apr 24

Samia thank you for sharing this inspiring story of all you are doing to inspire more girls to follow the incredible path you have forged! So proud to have you as a World Pulse Ambassador!

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

Hi Samia,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring ICT story, and I'm glad to see you back in the community, too! I think you're way too modest. I'm very inspired by your story. Some people with the same disabilities may have chosen an easier path, for sure. It's great that you're inspiring other people to pursue ICT careers. I can see why you're considered successful and superior. I hope you realize your accomplishments, dear. I'm looking forward to seeing more stories from you!

Hope you're having a good, and safe week.

Samia Al sayed
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thank you .So happy to read your words.

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

You're welcome. Thank you!

Jayne Cravens
Apr 25
Apr 25

What a great share! Promoting digital inclusion / digital accessibility is something near and dear to my heart: I sometimes work with a nonprofit in Austin, Texas called Knowbility, http://www.knowbility.org, which has been advocating for digital accessibility since 1998. Most web sites, even now, are not built so that people using assistive technologies can access them. I am constantly reminding people to not use "read more" type links on their web sites, to make them descriptive links, to not put essential information only in a graphic (like the name of the organization only in the logo for the organization), to close caption all of their online videos (YouTube makes it SO easy to do that!) and on and on. I appreciate your work in Syria so much!

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 26
Apr 26

What a beautiful story . Thank you for sharing.
As someone with a disability, it is heartwarming to see another sister not letting that define her.
You rock!
Hugs

Walaa Dukmak
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thank you Samia, maybe it’s simple now but it was so great and hard mission when you were able to do it 20 years ago!

Hello, Samia,

Your technology story is inspiring, far from simple. You are a testament that what people with physical challenges can do with technology. As a mom raising a child with special needs, it gives me hope. Maybe one day, there will be a technology that will be accessible for him that could help me be economically independent. You are a good example, and a great Ambassador. Thank you for sharing your story!

Lisbeth
May 06
May 06

Great! 21st century without ICT will be a disaster :-). Keep improving.

Beth Lacey
May 08
May 08

So inspirational. Good luck to you.