How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Driving Change in Africa
In 2016, the internet was declared a
From Borgen Magazine.
Access to technology for African women is constrained by socially and culturally constructed gender roles limiting the women participation in equal terms. Tech entrepreneur Maneo Mapharisa, the founder of Girls Coding Academy (GCA), aims to challenge these archaic constructs by encouraging and supporting more girls as they pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fields. In South Africa, young girls who desire a career in technology rarely have support from their families or schools, and without encouragement, they run the risk of losing interest in this field. Through club and campus programs and summer immersion GCA is dedicated to equipping young girls with technological skills. Women’s increased participation in these fields could, potentially, play a part in rural poverty reduction as the skills and knowledge that are acquired allows them to increase their earnings increasing wealth and economic development.
Brian Gitta (24), from Uganda, is one of the brightest and youngest tech entrepreneurs in Africa and he wants
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