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Africa to hold conference on women’s access to technology

A virtual conference on the geographic diversity of women in technology in Africa and the Middle East is scheduled for…

A virtual conference on the geographic diversity of women in technology in Africa and the Middle East is scheduled for May 25-27, 2021.Called “Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration EMEA,” the meeting aims to provide support, career development tools and technical training to enable women to excel in the world of work, while allowing them access to potential employers in the field of technologies.

According to its organizers, “the conference will be a fully digital experience focused on building community, celebrating common goals and strengthening the geographic diversity of women in the technology industry.”

The “Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration EMEA will also inspire a new network of advocates and allies that AnitaB.org can work with, throughout the year to strengthen the capacity of the entire business tech ecosystem, from “education and government necessary for the success of EMEA women technologists,” a statement said.

In 1994, Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), which has grown to become the largest annual gathering of female technologists in the world. 

In 2020, in the face of the realities of Covid-19, AnitaB.org hosted its first ever “Grace Hopper” virtual celebration, attracting over 30,000 virtual participants from over 115 countries.

This year, renowned Pakistani human rights activist, Malala Yousafzai will join the conference.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Yousafzai because our missions to promote the education and empowerment of all women are so closely aligned,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, the President and CEO of AnitaB.org.

According to her, the rise of women’s rights, especially in the field of technology, has never been so important. 

“Ms. Yousafzai’s recognized power to reach and inspire through her words will take our community network to the next level,” Ms. Wilkerson concluded.

Malala Yousafzai led a famous fight for the education of girls. 

Her advocacy has now grown into an international movement and has won her several international and Pakistani awards. 

At the age of 17, in 2014, she became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt.

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