HOW CHINENYE EZEAKOR IS HELPING AFRICAN GIRLS GET INTO THE TECH INDUSTRY
Here’s a weird statistic for you: The percentage of women working in tech has decreased since the ’90s. So basically, technology fields have become more male dominated as more women have joined the work force.
In the ’90s, women made up more than a third of the tech workforce, but that number has since dropped to just over a quarter in the past 20 years.
Over half of the professional workforce is female, but women make up only a quarter of all jobs in computer and math professions – and that needs to change because if we’re being honest, girls kinda run the world.
A homegrown solution
Born out of this need to see more African girls in science and engineering disciplines, Chinenye Ezeakor founded African Sisters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (A-SISTEM) — a platform where young girls can interact with female professionals in the science, technology, engineering and mathetmatics (STEM) industry
Chinenye organizes outreach programs for teenage girls by focusing on areas such as energy, ICT and physical sciences; as well as organising workshops and training programs to expose them to potential mentors.
Speaking about what inspired her to create A-SISTEM, Chinenye said:
“I believe that given the right opportunity, orientation and guidance, the pipeline of young African women venturing into STEM related disciplines will be increased.”
Since A-SISTEM was founded, over 500 girls have been impacted by her program – and the numbers only keep growing.
July 22, 2017