As executive director of Siraj, Fahima Atawna provides Bedouins vital access to technological education and job opportunities, helping create a more equitable and inclusive Israeli society and bridging the gap between the Bedouin community and the Israeli high-tech industry.
Through our programs and services at Siraj, we are empowering Bedouin youth to pursue careers in technology and to become leaders in the field.
We are helping to usher in a new generation of skilled professionals who will benefit from increased economic prosperity and quality of life and who will contribute to the global marketplace and make a positive impact on the world.
I am motivated by the incredible potential and talent of the Bedouin youth we work with. These young people are intelligent, creative and passionate about technology.
I am also inspired by the individuals — both Bedouin and non-Bedouin — who have supported and mentored me throughout my career and have encouraged me to pursue my goals and to believe in myself. I hope to pay it forward by supporting the next generation of Bedouin high-tech professionals.
Overall, I believe that Siraj is changing the world by creating a more just and equitable society in Israel and empowering young people to reach their full potential.
Historically, Bedouins have faced significant social, economic and educational challenges, limiting their exposure to technology and the tech industry. Additionally, there is often a lack of information and resources available to Bedouin youth and their families about careers in high-tech. Addressing these challenges requires a long-term commitment to building relationships and partnerships with Bedouin leaders and organizations, as well as a willingness to adapt programs and services to meet the specific needs of the community.
At the same time, we are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers. By showcasing the talent and potential of Bedouin youth, we are helping to shift perceptions and attitudes towards the Bedouin community in Israel.
We are demonstrating that with the right support and opportunities, anyone can succeed in the tech industry. Our work embodies the old adage “give a man (or woman) a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”
I am optimistic that our future world is a borderless one in which the traditional barriers and divisions between nations and cultures have been removed or decreased. I believe in the benefits of increased globalization and finding ways to promote greater cooperation and understanding among diverse groups and nations.