Over 3,000 women techies from across Africa and diaspora recently met face-to-face and virtually in 40 countries to deliberate on barriers to and opportunities for women and girls working within the technology sector, reports ITRealms.
The meeting, which held under the aegis of the Women in Tech Week commenced on September 26 through 30, 2016 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
In addition, ITRealms gathered that the week-long event was the first-ever largest all women event to be held in the African continent.
ITRealms reported that the event was jointly organised by Women in Tech Africa and software giant SAP global, the event will include curated user generated events with partners across 40 countries, bringing together 40,000 users onsite and virtually.
“This is a collaborative attempt to build a pan-African network, allowing us women to compare our challenges, learn from other countries and connect across borders to expand our influence,” says Founder of Women in Tech Africa and CEO of Edel Consult, Ethel Cofie.
“Women need mentors, role-models and a network to share their experiences, challenges and skills. The magnitude of this event in Africa is unprecedented and presents an opportunity for women in this field to brainstorm on how to unlock the continent’s potential,” Ms Cofie added.
The week-long event discussed issues such as the role of women in building Africa’s digital economy, opportunities for research and why there is a need to invest in women interested in pursuing careers in this field.