Africa Teen Geeks, is launching a new flagship event to inspire 100 high school girls from disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by MMI Holdings and Apodytes, the inaugural Girl Geek Summit will take place from 28 to 29 June 2019 at the Momentum Headquarters in Centurion. It will bring together women leaders from Silicon Valley and South Africa to engage in speeches, panel discussions, one-to-one career coaching, and workshops around entrepreneurship.
Globally, the participation of women and girls in STEM is low, with women making up just 35 percent of all STEM students in higher education. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 30 percent of professionals in the sciences are women, according to a UNESCO study. “Prejudice and assumed stereotypes keep women of color, especially black women from pursuing and staying in STEM fields. Psychologically, stereotypes on black women’s intellect, cognitive abilities, and work ethic contribute to their lack of confidence in STEM. Girls interested in STEM are often told that they inherited a male brain. Our goal is to …read more
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