A Kenyan high school – Kisumu Girls High School – will be represented at the August 7th Global Technovation summit in San Francisco, US. This development comes after five girls from the high school created an innovative anti-FGM app that captured the attentions of the international tech community.
The five girls; Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Macrine Atieno, Stacy Owino, and Ivy Akinyi are set to travel to represent Kisumu Girls High in San Francisco come August. They will effectively play role models for other Kenyan and African girls in tech, who are at various early stages of their careers in STEM.
The five young women also stand a chance to fly back home with a total of Ksh. 1.5 million, should they outcompete other teams from other world regions attending the competition.
The anti-FGM app the 5 girls created
The five girls appeared on the radar of the international technovation summit after they created the iCUT app. An app geared towards discouraging and stopping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). An archaic girl circumcision practice that leaves them predisposed to maternal complications and reduced libido among other health problems.
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