In celebration of International Women’s Day, Nigerian law firm Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe hosted a seminar themed Girls in Tech: Breaking the bias in technology in Lagos. Key female speakers in the tech industry were invited to speak to 30 female students from various secondary institutions and share their wealth of knowledge with them.
Despite the strides that have been made in recent years, there is still a great need, especially in Africa, to encourage girls to enter the tech environment and to provide the knowledge and support needed for them to get there. This seminar aimed to encourage the involvement of the girl child in the tech space and highlight the unlimited opportunities available to girls in that industry.
Speakers included Nkemdilim Begho (Chief Executive Officer, Future Software Resources Limited), Kari Tukur (Vice President, products Mastercard, Sub Saharan Africa), Ibukun Akinola (Head of Customer Finance, Piggyvest), and Ruth Iselema (Chief Executive Officer, Bitmama Inc).
Begho says there are not enough women in technology and it’s important for organisations to support getting more women into technology and inspire young women to pursue a career in technology.
Adeleke Alex-Adedipe, managing partner at Duale, Ovia and Alex-Adedipe, believes the issue is not about the exposure to technology, but participation and the role women play in the technology space. “We are saying that technology has come to be a major part of our lives and it’s important that … women should not be exempted, and women should be highly celebrated,” he commented.
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