The Women's Technology Empowerment Centre
Project and Leader:
The Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.Tec)
Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi
What inspired you to get involved with this project/organization?
I became interested in computers and technology around the age of 17 and quickly discovered how I could make my life more organized and productive using technology. When I was in college, I set up a technology-related business and saw the financial opportunities that technology could create. During my Master’s degree studies, I came across countless articles that highlighted the huge gender gap in technology use and development. This eventually led to my establishing the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) in 2008.
What do you hope to learn from the WeTech Network?
All of the grantees are doing incredible work encouraging and supporting girls and women in computing. I would like to learn from their experiences and see what we can apply to W.TEC’s work here in Nigeria.
What is your big dream for girls and women in STEM?
W.TEC’s vision is to help create a society where Nigerian women and girls are able to create and use information and communication technology for learning, activism, entrepreneurship, and professional activities effectively. I sincerely want girls and women to feel that they can use and even create the technology that they and others will use.
What is the goal of your project?
The afterschool technology club will provide technology education to high school girls by organizing weekly workshops throughout the school year to nurture an interest in computer science.
Who is the target audience for your project?
Nigerian secondary school (high school) girls aged 11 to 17 years, who show promise in their academic and extra-curricular activities. The girls targeted are from poorer socio-economic backgrounds and do not have access to consistent computer science education.
We are very excited to be selected as a WeTech grantee and look forward to learning from everyone within the network.