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
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
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
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
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...