For many years, men have dominated the world of inventions, gadgets, technology and lastly the Internet. However, somewhere along the way, digital technologies have started to work for women’s empowerment. Internet, rising to its peak in the 21st century, has missed the time when womanhood was still considered a secondary gender. Digital innovations like excessive access to information and democratization of data have provided women with equal rights as men, narrowing the gender gap across industries. What we now call digital fluency and visibility empowered women in various, brand new ways.
Insider is home to an extensive diversity of employees, especially women who flourished in the technology industry. 5 years ago, we started out with the mission of making an impact in the world, in multiple ways. One way we accomplish this is through our 1+1+1 program where we empower students, primarily female students who didn’t have equal access to opportunities. It’s an undeniable fact that young women in developing countries feel the adversities more than anyone else. As Insiders, we wanted to turn this around and offer them an equal space in the technology space. We’re working hard each day to support and mentor students, especially female students in developing countries.
I’m so proud to be a 32-year-old woman entrepreneur in tech, witnessing a new wave of women’s empowerment happen in the Internet world. The future will bring enhanced rights and empowerment to women. As Insiders we’re doing our part to the best of our abilities, to achieve this ultimate purpose. I believe the stigma around women in tech will disappear completely. On behalf of Insider’s women, I would like to celebrate the International Women’s Day of each and every women out there.
Following her studies at the London School of Economics and Shanghai Normal University, Hande worked in China as an investment consultant in multinational companies, including PepsiCo and Vestel. Upon graduation, she spent over three years establishing a highly prestigious international school where she traveled to over 40 countries, enrolling students worldwide. She co-founded Insider with Serhat Soyuerel in 2012 and has received numerous accolades for her vision and growth.