There are so many lessons to be learnt from not only the top successful SA women in tech, but all successful SA women.

If we take the time to view what they have achieved, and how they have overcome obstacles in reaching their goals; coming from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and education structures, there are many diverse South African women climbing the corporate ladder to success in the business world. They all have one thing in common – they never gave up. They might have thought of giving up or even wanted to, but – they didn’t.

I have found that there are some amazing platforms and initiatives focusing on addressing the gender gap in the ICT sector through advocacy and raising awareness. As we celebrate the last week of Women’s month it is a great opportunity to acknowledge the women who are making a difference – especially in the tech space.

Baratang Miya -founder and CEO of GirlHYPE: Women Who Code  (see above)

Baratang is a social entrepreneur who started a coding academy for women and girls in underserved communities in South Africa to attract, promote and develop them in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Adriana Marais – founder of Proudly Human

Adriana is a theoretical physicist and technologist who is developing new frontiers in research and technology for a resilient future on Earth, Mars and beyond. She is also a Director at the Foundation for Space Development. One of their initiatives is Africa2Moon, Africa’s first mission to the Moon. Adriana is also an astronaut candidate with the Mars One Project.

Zandile Keebine – chairperson of GirlCode

GirlCode is an an NPO designed to become the hub for young girls and women who want to get into tech. They offer all-female hackathons, monthly workshops, and direct access to women working in top ICT (Information and Communication Tech) companies.

Emma Dicks –  co-founder and director of CodeSpace Academy and founder of Code4CT

Code4CT is a programme for high school girls that introduces them to coding, design-focused thinking and the IT industry. The aim is to prepare our youth for the 21st century workplace.

We need to support a more diverse tech industry where women are being recognised in industries that were historically seen as male dominated. Happy Women’s Month!

Louise Botha – HR Company Solutions.

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