Project and Leader:
Girls in ICT
What inspired you to get involved with this project/organization?
I believe that through technology we can create a better society in Liberia. Studies have proven that today in a class of 100 computer science majors, only 12 will be females. iLab and its Girls in ICT Program has been a powerful player in Liberia, working to help close that gender gap in ICT.
What do you hope to learn from the WeTech Network?
I hope to learn best practices from the WeTech team and other Africans WeTech grantees working in getting more women into ICT. I also hope to hear about their unique challenges, exchange knowledge, ideas and resources to all work toward the goal of helping women and girls enter and succeed in technology careers.
What is your big dream for girls and women in STEM?
My dream is to get more Liberian girls interested in ICT careers and get more Liberian women into ICT related jobs.
What is the goal of your project?
The goals of the project are as follows:
a) Give young Liberian women access to computer programming classes, an opportunity that is nearly non-existent in Liberia;
b) Introduce Liberian females with an IT interest to various career paths in the field beyond basic networking and hardware repair, which are the most common IT careers currently available;
c) Provide quality instruction as well as state-of-the-art IT equipment, curriculum and internet connectivity in a context where all of these resources are scarce;
d) Focus on young women’s professional growth in a society that does not generally encourage their participation in IT or other fields that are considered “men’s work”.
Who is the target audience for your project?
We are targeting high school girls, female university students majoring in technology related fields, and female entrepreneurs. We are working in the Montserrado and Margibi counties in Liberia.
We are excited about being able to provide a chance for iLab Liberia’s past program participants to act as training assistants for our 2014 program. They will be Girls in ICT Ambassadors – serving as role models for the 2014 participants and showing them that the skills learned during trainings have use in the job market. Furthermore, we believe it is important for us to expand our geographic reach and empower girls in different locations in the coming months and years.