While Israeli companies can be found at the forefront of the global cyber security industry, women are still under-represented in cyber-tech, as in high-tech in general. In order to change this situation, it is essential to introduce girls to the challenging and rewarding world of computer technology as early as possible. As part of its efforts in this direction, Rashi's Cyber Education Center started an online community of technology-oriented teenage girls.
The goal of the CyberGirlz community is to support and empower young women, building their confidence and motivation to pursue tech careers as they grow up – from the IDF cyber units through academic studies to the high-tech industry. The community includes hundreds of high school students (9th-12th grade) alongside female university students and engineers who volunteer their time to provide guidance and act as role models.
CyberGirlz was conceived as a social network for sharing experience, peer learning and enrichment.
The community offers a variety of online and "real-world" activities, among them:
Operating a professional support forum for coding issues
Publishing cyber challenges and brainteasers
Holding special events such as workshops, study marathons ahead of exams, and hackathons hosted by high-tech companies
Running summer camps for 9th grade graduates who intend to enter cyber programs in high school
Ministry of Defense
Cyber Education Center