On the eve of the International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), we speak up about Kyrgyz women who successfully work and study in this field. In this article, we will introduce Jyldyz, who is believes that professionalism plays a major role in IT.
Jyldyz Sultanbekova is a project manager at IT company Namba Soft, part of the Namba Group. She is working on the fintech product Namba One, a mobile application that offers a variety of financial and lifestyle services.
"It's as easy as riding a burning bike and burning with it."
Jyldyz speaks of her work with humor: "There is a joke that being a project manager is as easy as riding a bicycle that burns and burning with it, and everything is on fire, and you are in hell."
According to Jyldyz, “A project manager is an IT specialist who is responsible for the successful implementation of a project, within budget and on time. To do this, the manager must constantly communicate with the client, collect requirements, plan and set tasks for the team, which consists of developers, designers, and testers."
Jyldyz, after graduating from the high school in Bishkek, entered the law faculty of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. She was a very active student: she participated in scientific conferences, volunteered for Street Law's global legal and civic education program during which she taught the basics of law and human rights to schoolchildren.
"There is no gender discrimination here"
Jyldyz likes to work in the IT field because there is no gender discrimination:
“IT is probably one of the few areas in Kyrgyzstan where your gender, age, appearance and family ties do not matter. The most important thing here is your competence, knowledge and skills. If you are a tough specialist, then you will be gladly invited to work and will be paid a competitive salary. At the same time, you will constantly develop, because the market is growing and you, as a specialist, must remain competitive. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype that IT is not suitable for girls, therefore, even at the stage of choosing a future profession, girls give preference to other areas, while missing out on the opportunity to join an interesting and promising field” Jyldyz added.