There is no debate on the fact that the tech space is male dominated with little to no female representation across different world regions.
Come to Africa, and the male to female ratio representation within the tech space is even worst. This imbalance is largely attributed to the fact that girls do not take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education as much as boys do; something that leads to a small pipeline of female techies available to fill up STEM jobs and act as role models.
It is only in the last decade that the girl child has been allowed to seek formal education and become socially-accepted to become a working class woman. In the past, most African parents viewed girls as people that will be married off when they come of age, and a woman’s place is in the kitchen and attending to the needs of the children and her husband.
So naturally, the male to female representation ratio within the tech space became worse off than in other industrialized countries.
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