The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Divaloper, a social enterprise, Zulaiha Dobia Abdallah, has charged Ghanaian women to develop interest and pursue a career in technology, regardless of their background and training.
The tech advocate, coder and software developer made the call while speaking during an event organised by the Youth Opportunity and Transformation in Africa (YOTA) in Accra.
The event, dubbed “Journey: Starting out in my career”, brought together young men and women from across the country.
Ms Dobia Abdallah told her audience that today’s world is driven by technology, adding that COVID-19 had shown the importance of mastering technology and driving its full benefits.
“I believe that the people, especially women, currently in technology are best situated to nurture their dreams and nothing should derail them. Whether you are lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, try to embrace and learn technology to make you very competitive in today’s world,” she advised her audience.
The CEO took her audience through the process by which they can learn the basics with the aid of google, explaining that a career in tech hinges on what you know and not necessarily the degrees one has obtained.
She also allayed the fears of women that it is not in every area of tech that coding is required, noting that such fears are misplaced.
Divaloper is a social enterprise that educates, trains and mentors females in Northern Ghana to take careers in tech to bridge the gender gap in tech.
It also seeks to promote economic, social and educational development of Northern women, including eliminating gender biases in tech, advancing women’s capabilities and leadership skills, promoting participation in decisions that affect their lives.