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What is pushing women out of STEM globally?

What is pushing women out of STEM globally?

Women
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
ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

ITU #GirlsinICT: Miss.Africa expands horizons to Increase number of African Girls in ICT

Women
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...

Rock Star Sophia Bekele Catalyzes the SOLD OUT 2015 Africa Business Forum at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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Sophia Bekele who has been called a Rock Star of Internet Tech was recently in the Haas School of Business in the University of California, Berkeley, as the featured keynote speaker of the 2015 Africa Business Forum. Below is a short preview of how the event happened and the key points that were given to the audience. “I was appointed as a policy advisor to ICANN when I came across this opportunity and asked what can I do for Africa? and thought I should bring this domain to Africa. I then anchored our campaign on 3 KEY principles. To brand Africa on the internet with the various products and services; to host the infrastructure & services in Africa so as to build capacity, as well as encourage Africans to purchase .africa domain and pay an African company instead of the current
From International IT Auditor to Global Entrepreneur Sophia Bekele

From International IT Auditor to Global Entrepreneur Sophia Bekele

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
Sophia Bekele is not your average entrepreneur.  She cut her niche as a pioneer in ICT matters, when She started her career as an IT Auditor in MultiNational Fortune 500 Companies, such as Bank of America, California Bank and PriceWaerHouseCoopers in US, when Auditing technology platforms was an emerging field. Sophia is now an international entrepreneur, corporate governance & risk management specialist and an international policy advisor on ICT an development, as well as the founder of DotConnectafrica, an internet company that spans across Africa with her renowned and widely  acclaimed Yes2dotAfrica Campaign. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Sophia and her Sister moved to the US where she ended up pursuing computer and information systems for her undergrad degree.  The serial ent
From International IT Auditor to Global Entrepreneur Sophia Bekele

From International IT Auditor to Global Entrepreneur Sophia Bekele

Internet, Mobile, Startups, Women
Sophia Bekele is not your average entrepreneur.  She cut her niche as a pioneer in ICT matters, when She started her career as an IT Auditor in MultiNational Fortune 500 Companies, such as Bank of America, California Bank and PriceWaerHouseCoopers in US, when Auditing technology platforms was an emerging field. Sophia is now an international entrepreneur, corporate governance & risk management specialist and an international policy advisor on ICT an development, as well as the founder of DotConnectafrica, an internet company that spans across Africa with her renowned and widely  acclaimed “Yes2dotAfrica Campaign”. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Sophia and her Sister moved to the US where she ended up pursuing computer and information systems for her undergrad degree.  The serial e