Years ago, the number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education was appalling, especially in Africa. Most girls and women thought STEM courses were for the males, but today the narrative is changing, and many women are raising the bar in STEM-based careers.
Women in Uganda are paving the way for future generations with their innovative social enterprises geared towards technological advancement. There are so many facets to technology and these women are making giant strides in the industry in their own little way.
Here are some of the women transforming the technology scene in Uganda:
Odida is the first female data planning Engineer and a Ugandan Internet Society (ISOC), fellow to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). She is a trainer, who teaches the scalable Internet services course for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).
Odida’s courses are based on the free and open-source software (FOSS) because she is a stern supporter of the ideals of these platforms.
When one shares knowledge, they don’t lose what they have. This “technology evangelist” is very passionate about imparting knowledge into other equally talented young individuals in the African tech community.
Tumusiime is the CEO and co-founder of Zimba Women, a social enterprise that specializes in providing IT and software solutions for small and medium scale enterprises.
Her knowledge in IT was bestowed on her from the International Trade Centre (ITC) on cross-border IT and ITES.
She is a Mandela Washington fellow and a member of the Cherie Blair Foundation mentorship program that believes women should be economically independent.
Agena is the definition of IT that meets health and agriculture. She is the founder and Executive Director of Tune Communications LTD.
With over eight years of experience in her field, she is a member of several technology innovation review panels and committees in Uganda and abroad. She is also a trainer in ICT4D.
Kuteesa is a Computer Engineer at the United Nations in the Communications Department and the Chief of Operations for Zimba Women’s tech products.