Navigating the Digital Landscape-Viola’s Journey in Technology

Systemic biases and cultural barriers play a significant role in hindering the progress of women in the tech industry. One major challenge is the lack of representation and diversity in tech companies. Women are underrepresented at all levels, from entry-level positions to executive roles. This lack of representation perpetuates a vicious cycle, as women often struggle to find role models and mentors who understand their unique experiences and can guide them through their careers. Despite these formidable challenges, women in technology continue to defy expectations and push and Viola is one of them. Since childhood, the inner workings of computers and phones have always fascinated me. The allure…

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Overcoming odds to redefining possibilities:Lina’s Tech journey

  n Kenya, like in many other countries, the rate of young women pursuing software engineering courses has traditionally been lower than that of men. According to research on “Bridging the Gender Divide in Digital Technology Courses and Careers in Kenya” by the Brookings Institution (2022):  This research paper delves into the root causes behind the underrepresentation of women in Kenya’s digital technology sector, including software engineering. This can be attributed to various factors such as societal expectations, cultural barriers, lack of role models, and stereotypes that associate tech careers. After high school, choosing a university course was a maze for Lina. The recommendation to pursue a software…

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Nurturing Women In Tech Talent, Inspiring Change

Introduction Meet Sharon Atieno, a passionate Data Scientist and Technical Instructor at Pwani Teknowgalz. Her transformative journey in the tech world began in April 2021 when she joined our CodeHack training program during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s dive into Sharon’s experience and explore the impact Pwani Teknowgalz had on her career in data science. Pwani Teknowgalz Impact How did participating in Pwani Teknowgalz programs contribute to your professional development and skill acquisition in data science and machine learning? At the time I was participating in the CodeHack Program, Pwani Teknowgalz did not have a Data Science and Machine Learning track, they were only doing…

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Enabling young women from low-income homes actualize their passion for technology

  The digital age has created previously unheard-of opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls, ranging from online study and digital activism to the rapid rise of high-paying tech employment.Women and girls remain underrepresented across the creation, use and regulation of technology.Umi Ramadhan Karisa a high school student at Bahari Girls secondary school had always been interested  in studying technology after high school, but due to financial difficulties, she almost gave up on ever realizing her dream of becoming a technology expert because she was not given the chance to study computer science. “As I had already given up on studying technology, a friend of mine suggested…

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Inclusivity: Bridging the digital gender Gap

In 2015, women held 57% of all professional occupations, yet they held only 25% of all computing occupations. And the numbers are even lower when considering women of color; Furthermore, even fewer women are found in software development, technology leadership, or the other kinds of key roles that have a significant influence on future innovation hence there is need to be an inclusive  environment where more women are involved in the ICT fields. Aisha Abdul-Qadir is born and raised in Mombasa ,She did her bachelors degree in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) at the Technical university of Mombasa,She always had the interest for computers  and technology at a…

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