The unique and thoughtfully-crafted Lotus program identifies highly-talented Orthodox Druze women, with excellent matriculation scores in scientific tracks, and provides them with deep, hands-on tech training, making them favorable candidates for employment with exciting, challenging, and rewarding high-tech firms.
A part of Portland Israel’s network of nation-wide employment tech hubs for underserved communities, Lotus goes beyond training and mentoring, to create significant employment opportunities, as well as the local facilities that enable women to work within and around their cultural requirements.
Having already graduated, successfully placed, and created a safe zone for dozens of women, the Lotus women-only tech hub in Daliyat al-Karmel continues to expand, with a second hub expected to launch in 2024 in the Galilee’s Yarka/Julis area.
The Lotus program was established to serve talented, young Orthodox Druze women with a varied tech or scientific background. Despite graduating at the top of their class, speaking both Hebrew and English fluently, and being highly capable and ambitious, their religion, tradition, and social and geographical position in Israel’s periphery leaves these talented women with very few options for advancing themselves professionally.
The Lotus program creates local tech hubs and employment opportunities that adhere to cultural restrictions, but nonetheless enable Orthodox Druze women to develop a career in technology. Without driving, working, or studying outside their village boundaries, the graduates of the Lotus program are integrated into the Israeli high-tech industry, and empowered to provide for themselves and their families.
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