Building a pan-African tech network – "Women in Tech" events are increasingly popping up across Africa to help aspiring female technologists enter an industry that's still largely male-dominated.
Building a pan-African tech network – Ghanaian tech pioneer Ethel Cofie wants to build a pan-African Women in Tech network to allow female techies to learn from each other and share experiences. Earlier this month, she co-organized the first Women in Tech Africa online meet up.
Building a pan-African tech network – Regina Agyare (middle), founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company in Ghana, has started an initiative called "Tech Needs Girls."
Building a pan-African tech network – The mentorship and educational initiative aims to encourage young women to pursue a career in technology. To achieve that, computer scientists visit poor areas to teach girls how to code and develop mobile and web applications.
Building a pan-African tech network – "These are very intelligent girls but they haven't been given the platform to shine because nobody believes in them," says Agyare. "So when we started teaching them HTML we saw the girls speaking up -- we were amazed; they were actually able to design websites and stand up and speak about their code."
Building a pan-African tech network – Girls in ICT Rwanda is another group working to change perceptions that the technology sector is just a man's field.