African women breaking down tech barriers

Regina Agyare (middle), founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company in Ghana, has started an initiative called "Tech Needs Girls."When I was doing my degree in computer science in Ghana’s Valley View University 10 years ago, there just were seven girls in the class. After four years, only four graduated and out of that number, just two of us have stayed in technical roles. Today, my little sister’s computer science class has at least 30% females and a smaller drop-off rate.

All across Africa, the number of women entering the tech industry is improving thanks to the several nonprofit groups teaching girls how to code and the bigger availability of funds. As a result, more women are training to become tech professionals. Yet, a large number of them are having to leave their jobs after a few years as they can’t break the glass ceiling in an industry that’s still largely male-dominated.

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