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Kulsoom Abdullah's Fundraiser in Support of 50 Afghan Women in Tech

$1,465 Raised of $3,000

50 Afghan Women in Tech


About Campaign

Help me cover the cost for the following for one fellow: Computer/Accessories Cost: USD 800 Internet Support: USD 600 Afghanistan is going through an employment crisis. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost since the new government takeover last August, with women particularly affected. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization states that over the last 20 years, Afghan women have had developed an active role in the global IT sector. 50 Afghan Women in Tech is a large campaign to provide a full-year remote IT fellowship for Afghan women. Each woman will receive a stipend, IT equipment and training with one of Aseel's partners. This will help lead to a full time remote permanent and paid position offer. Thousands of women in Afghanistan have applied for this fellowship so there is potential to support more than 50 women.



Kulsoom Abdullah

Kulsoom Abdullah is an AI Engineer in the Bashir Lab in the Department of Radiology at Duke University. Previously, she was a data scientist for a healthcare insurance company (Elevance Health formerly known as Anthem) with more than seven years of experience in data science and machine learning, more than five years experience in network security data visualization and in the Malware and Human Resource domains. She received a doctorate in electrical/computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is keen on all things data with particular interest in applied ML/DL research, healthcare, medicine and AI for Good. She is keen on all things data. In her spare time, she is a competitive Olympic Weightlifter and was Crossfit Level I certified. Her experiences weightlifting in an effort to compete at U.S. national competitions led her to advocate to compete in clothing that adheres to religious codes, opening the door for women from cultures around the world to compete and move beyond preconceived notions of gender, race, and religion. Her athletic feats and determination culminated in an invitation to deliver remarks following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the U.S. State Department’s Eid ul Fitr reception 2011. She represented Pakistan as the first female at the international level to compete wearing hijab at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships. She continues the cycle of empowerment by helping others and supporting relevant causes.