AfChix, a network of women in Technology, is seeking to document 10 African women in Technology role models from the regions – that is Southern Africa, North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and The Indian Ocean. The inspiring profiles of the 10 women will then be published on social media and aired on TV.
“We believe that by exposing and mentoring young girls and women to possible career opportunities in Computer Science & ICT, we will empower them to join technical fields confidently. Our programs target the upper primary and high school girls between the age of 9 to 18, the young women who have freshly joined careers in ICT/Computer Science at Universities and workplaces and those established and looking to grow into technical leadership positions,” states AfChix in the announcement.
AfChix will also be disseminating the information on portable storage devices during its career and mentorship meetings with students.
“As one of the 10 African Women in Technology Role models, by sharing your story, you will be inspiring the over half a million girls in Africa to consider joining the Computer Science/ICT Career path. By sharing your story, your contributions in the industry will be visible to a significant number of viewers across the continent and beyond,” adds the statement.
Nominees must be from Africa; willing to share her story as a role model and grants permission to AFCHIX and AFRINIC and other partners to share this information on the various online and offline channels; have studied or is studying any STEM-related programs (eg, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, etc) while those currently playing a technical role have an added advantage. They also need to have an inspiring story of why / how she fell in love with Technology or Mathematics.
The nomination phase for the entries opened on December 12, 2016 and runs for 2 months before closing on February 12, 2017. On February 28, 2017, AfChix will announce selected candidates to all participants.
Those interested can either nominate themselves or someone else.
AfChix is being supported in the initiative by Africa Network Information Center (AFRINIC) while the funds are part of a grant from the Funds for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) which seeks to boost the Women in Technology Pipeline through Role Modeling and Information Dissemination.