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Yes, Girls Can Code in Africa!

Yes, Girls Can Code in Africa!

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Go ahead and imagine a computer geek. You probably picture a male nerd, glued to his computer and lost in a world of bits and bytes. You might envision a budding Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but probably not a girl. Well, you are probably right.  Girls are particularly marginalized and underprivileged in Africa. They are faced with lack of opportunity due to common preconceived notions that either they are incapable, or, it is not their place to do anything different. However, there are millions of girls across Africa who are bright, intelligent, and hungry to learn. There are also several tech hubs and programs that have sprouted allover the continent to put this tech brains into use. Miss.Africa Digital - Kenya This is the first Pan-African program for women in technolo
Miss.Africa Digital Opens the III Round Seed Fund Applications

Miss.Africa Digital Opens the III Round Seed Fund Applications

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Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to Africa’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders. This leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the Africa, even as there is wide agreement that more must be done to improve its competitiveness. In a #SheAppsAfrica Pan-African campaign for year 2017/2018, the pioneering Miss.Africa Digital program has joined the workforce once again by mobilizing the third Round of Miss.Africa Seed Funding for Tech initiatives throughout Africa. Miss.Africa Digital program  being the first Pan-African program for women in technology, has focused all its efforts in targeting female youth audiences, to increase thei
Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

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The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. In Kenya, Ushahidi firm faces the same issues of sexual harrasment. The firm says it’s fully aware of the alleged sexual harassment claim and is investigating the matter to make sure both parties are heard and then action will be taken. However, one of the victims says the tone of the statement shows why it has taken the board years to do anything about it and the accused is still in office representing the company. According to Tech Moran,  "The Ushahidi Board is fully aware of an alleged sexual harassment claim lodged by an employee (who has since chosen to leave the company), against one of our senior employees and has prioritised a
DCA Trust Announces AboCoders, Nigeria as the Winner of Miss.Africa Seed Fund Grand Prize

DCA Trust Announces AboCoders, Nigeria as the Winner of Miss.Africa Seed Fund Grand Prize

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DotConnectAfrica's women in tech digital program, Miss.Africa has announced the winners of the second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The Miss.Africa Seed Fund Competition,  which is open to all tech start-ups currently supporting women and girls in STEM,  provides a total of $7000 seed funding to aspiring techpreneurs. The 2016/17 competition drew over 200 applications from 24 countries across Africa, all of whom had the opportunity to attend showcase their tech ideas & concepts to match up with the fund criteria. Of the many startups that opted to pitch their ideas, 3 finalist were selected. Cash awards includes $5,000 in seed funding for first-place winner and  $1,000 seed fund for the geographic/country category. Abo Coders, Nigeria won the grand prize of Five Thousand Uni
What is pushing women out of STEM globally?

What is pushing women out of STEM globally?

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Technology is the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution and women are called the next billion or the third billion after China and India. This is reason enough to not only realize the importance of women’s inclusion in tech or more broadly speaking STEM fields; but also harnessing women’s potential to trigger growth. Comprising half of the population of the world, women’s inclusion leads to sustainable development. In many cases, men are still considered sole breadwinners so preferential treatment is given to them from the start at homes, schools right up to the corporate level. Statistics also show women are not taken seriously by companies as they tend to leave within the first decade of employment. And, when they are employed, more menial jobs are assigned to