Women Set the Standard for Five Armenian Tech Companies 

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SEATTLE, Washington — Gayane Ghandilyan Arakelyan is the CEO of Digital Pomegranate, one of many Armenian tech companies run by women. Her rise to power coincided with the coronavirus pandemic; she rapidly developed solutions to confront it. For many Armenians, poverty is a condition of everyday life. In 2018, just over half of Armenia’s population fell below the poverty rate. This indicated a significant decline in the rate of hunger since 1999 when over four-fifths of Armenia’s population subsisted below the poverty line.For a nation structured on strict gender roles, especially in the country’s rural villages, and which has fought a decades-long war against poverty, it is a wonder that Armenia’s tech industry has found a way to out-do the rest of the world in the number of women who are employed in tech companies and non-profits. Armenia’s tech industry employs over 10% more women than the combined average of the rest of the world in that same industry.Five Armenian Tech Companies and the Difference They MakeDigital Pomegranate: Arakelyan’s company helps new businesses open and helps to sustain them once they do. When coronavirus hit Gyumri, the city where Digital Pomegranate is located, Arakelyan had to …

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