The U.S. State Department is honoring 37 women from the Middle East and North Africa for their participation in TechWomen, a Silicon Valley initiative that includes Facebook.

Through a mentorship program with counterparts in Silicon Valley, TechWomen is designed to build an understanding between tech professionals in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and expand girls’ interest in technology careers by exposing them to women role models in the field.

Facebook and the Anita Borg Institute hosted a TechWomen event on June 9, which included Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein. The event kicked-off the four-week professional mentorship program.

The TechWomen initiative is part of the U.S. State Department’s international exchange program that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide and create sustainable relationships between U.S. and foreign participants.

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