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Monday, July 04 2022 - 23:48
Arcelik's Global Initiative to Empower Women in STEM Welcomes its First Cohort
ISTANBUL, July 4, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Arcelik, the global household appliance manufacturer, expanded the coverage of 
its WE-inTech programme works to ensure gender equality in technology and 
innovation, and welcomed its first cohort of students to its inaugural 
WE-inTech programme from Turkey, Romania, South Africa and Pakistan.

Arcelik officially welcomed 45 women to a year-long programme to empower and 
support their career progression in the STEM industry. The programme kicked off 
with a three-day workshop, focusing on guided coaching to prepare women for a 
career in various STEM areas, providing access to industry experts for insight 
and mentorship, and supporting participants' professional development in 
technology and innovation. The scheme is being delivered together with 
Arcelik's subsidiary companies Arctic (Romania), Dawlance (Pakistan) and Defy 
(South Africa).

Earlier this year, Arcelik, along with other Koc Group companies renewed its 
commitment to gender equality in technology and innovation and announced 
ambitious goals to increase the number of women working in STEM areas. Arcelik 
has been supporting women's empowerment in STEM through the 'We-inTech' 
programme, which has been running locally in Turkey as 'You are an Engineer, 
You are with Us' since 2019. As part of its Action Coalition commitments, 
Arcelik expanded the programme's coverage to reach out to young women engineers 
in Romania, Pakistan and South Africa.  

Nihat Bayız, Chief Production & Technology Officer of Arcelik, commented: 
"Arcelik is committed to empowering women in technology and innovation. Our 
We-inTech programme supports women currently pursuing an education in STEM, to 
not only support the career development but also to ensure their full and 
effective participation in their related educational background."

Additionally, he said: "We share a collective vision to driving real change 
when it comes to gender equality in the STEM field which is a man-dominated 
area. It is in service of this vision that we have become a supporter of the 
Action Coalition platform and committed to advancing gender equality in the 
fields of technology and innovation, in cooperation with the UN Women's 
Generation Equality Forum. We know that we have to offer a programme not only 
supports their education but opens a field to ensure their career start. 
Following the positive impact, we decided to expand our 3 years old programme, 
thus, we aim to reach out to young women engineers globally starting with 
Romania, Pakistan and South Africa. We believe that our leading brands in these 
countries will help us to support the career progression of young women in 

The WE-inTech programme is aimed at women who are currently in their third or 
final year of undergraduate studies in STEM areas. The programme structure 
consists of three full days of workshops, mentoring sessions, and networking 

During these three days, attendees met industry experts and researchers from 
all over the world, as well as teams from Arcelik, Arctic, Defy and Dawlance. 
During the one-year program, participants will also be able to work on ongoing 
projects, in addition to receiving technical and career development training, 
mentorship and support within the scope of their mentorship program.

For more information, please visit: We-inTech.

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About Arcelik

With over 40,000 employees throughout the world, Arcelik's global operations 
include subsidiaries in 52 countries, and 28 production facilities in 9 
countries and 12 brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, ElektraBregenz, 
Arctic, Leisure, Flavel, Defy, Altus, Dawlance, Voltas Beko). As Europe's 
second-largest white goods company by market share (based on volumes), Arcelik 
reached a consolidated turnover of 6.5 billion Euros in 2021. Arcelik's 28 R&D 
and Design Centers & Offices across the globe, are home to over 2,200 
researchers and hold more than 3,000 international patent applications to date. 
In 2021, Arcelik achieved the highest score in the DHP Household Durables 
category for the 3rd year in a row in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of the 
S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Through its leadership position 
in sustainability and credible decarbonization roadmap for achieving net zero, 
Arcelik became the first and only company from its industry to receive the 
Terra Carta Seal by HRH Prince of Wales. Arcelik's mission is 'Respecting the 
World, Respected Worldwide.' 

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