National Woman’s Day is a public holiday in South Africa set aside to celebrate all the women in the country. Internationally the day is on 8th of March every year since 1914 and Kenya is always on the front line to celebrate with the rest of the world. The first lady is leading as an example in running projects meant to empower women and protect our children. She is also recognized as one of the leading women.
President Obama urged tech companies to uphold women. He announced a number of initiatives to bring more women and minorities into the tech sector and urged the industry to “not leave half the team on the bench.” Kenya has many startups and other well developed tech companies founded by women and leaders should work harder to bring their innovations to light. Orange is doing a great job in supporting startups by partnering up with them.
To celebrate women, here are the two Africa’s leading women in Tech from Kenya:
Judith Owigar, JuaKali (KENYA)
Owigar is the co-founder of JuaKali, an online platform similar to LinkedIn that connects blue collar workers in the informal sector to employment opportunities.
JuaKali allows users to create online profiles to showcase their expertise and recommendations to find formal
employment in Kenya through web and mobile platforms.
Anne Nutsuklo, (GHANA)
Anne is co-founder of Nandimobile, a software company that leverages the power of mobile phones to connect consumers with businesses.
A graduate of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Ghana, Anne has a BSc in computer engineering and is currently the company’s technical development lead.
Juliana Rotich, (KENYA)
Juliana Rotich is an information technology professional who has developed web tools for crowdsourcing crisis information and coverage of topics related to the environment.
She is the Executive Director for Ushahidi, an Open-source software project which uses crowdsourced geolocation, mobile phone, and web reporting data to provide crisis reporting and information.
Mariéme Jamm ( SENEGAL)
Senegalese-Born, British Businesswoman Mariéme Jamme is a London-based CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur.
Mariéme was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work in empowering and investing in young girls and women in Africa, Middle East and Asia through creative learning, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and Design (STEAMD).
She also recently joined forces with a group of African leaders to create Accur8Africa, a new platform aiming at enabling governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and the civil society in Africa at measuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with Accurate Data.