Girls In ICT Day 2021: Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures

Today is the international day to celebrate girls in ICT across the globe.

This year’s theme is ” Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures”, a day to reflect on how far we’ve come in narrowing the gender digital divide.

Girls and young women across the globe lag behind in this critical field, but I am happy for the individuals and organizations that are providing the necessary mentorship and training to encourage girls and young women to pursue the ICT path.

At Shaboard, we believe that women should not just be consumers of technology , but also developers of technology. A diverse development team leads to creation of inclusive solutions that are not biased. That’s why we encourage young girls as low as primary schools to campus to embrace and pursue ICT related careers.

Today, I want to highlight some of the individuals and organizations in Kenya that are pursuing ICT and support young women and girls in ICT. I have profiled some of them on this blog before like Dr. Chao Mbogho, Eunice Allela, Stephany Wanjiru and Sylvia Ngari among others.

Programs

  • Safaricom’s Women In Technology Academy
  • Women In Tech Africa- Kenya Chapter
  • Django Girls
  • Standard Chartered Women in Technology Incubator Kenya Program
  • AkiraChix
  • Pwani Teknowgalz
  • Equity Leaders Program

For a detailed description of some of these programs and others, check out this article we did last year.

Individuals

  • Lynet Kwamboka- Founder, Data Science Ltd.
  • Judith Owigar – Co-founder, AkiraChix
  • Dr. Chao Mbogo – Dean of the School of Computer Science and founder of KamiLimu
  • Sylvia Mukasa – Women In Tech Africa, Kenyan Chapter
  • Lynda Kamau – Co-founder AkiraChix
  • Ruth Kaveke – Founder, Pwani Teknowgalz
  • Nanjira Sambuli – World Wide Web
  • Juliana Rotich

These are just but few of the women changing the ICT space in Kenya. Kindly mention any other that you might know of in the comments below.

The gender gap is so huge in STEM yet the challenges we are facing now require innovative solutions powered by Science and Technology. Unlike before, Computer lessons have now been introduced in primary schools making it easier for either boys or girls to develop an earlier desire for pursuing technology-related courses.

The future of jobs is in the field of science and technology, with 90 per cent of future jobs requiring ICT skills.

“International Girls in ICT Day aims to inspire a global movement to increase the representation of girls and women in technology. Today, let’s recommit to the goal of equal access for young women and girls to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math”. – António Guterres – Secretary-General of the United Nations

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