In programmer was a woman named Ada
In recent years, the tech world has increasingly been dominated by men which is quite surprising because, programming used to be women’s work. The first programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace, who in 1840, wrote the world’s first machine algorithm for an early machine. These days, women make up small percentage of computer science graduates and the workforce as well which is very discouraging. For this reason, a second year student year student currently studying BSc Administration at the University of Ghana, Legon and a Co-founder of Creative App Solution, came up with the initiative dubbed Young Women In Programming (YWIP). This initiative seeks to empower young ladies to solve problems in our society, especially tertiary students who have the passion and attitude to be more conversant with technology by taking them through the basics and training them coding, software development, among others, to develop mobile applications and also software to solve critical problems of society and help them expand and grow their businesses.
YWIP was launched on 25th September, 2017 at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) which over 200 attendees and important women that matter in the tech industry such as Farida Bedwei (Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Logical Ghana Ltd), Dorothy Gordon (Former Director General of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT), Enyonam Kumahor (Managing Partner of the Cobalt Partners), Kajsa Hallberg Adu (Lecturer at Ashesi University and Co-founder of Blogging Ghana), Victoria Lakshimi Hamah (Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Organisation for Women’s Advancement) and Jemila Abdulai (Writer, Digital Strategist and Policy Consultant in Ghana). These speakers addressed the misconception of women as late adopters to technology, empowering young women to innovate using technology and leveraging on programming to solve complex problems in our society. since the launch, YWIP has trained 70 women to either create mobile applications and websites and is aiming to facilitate, encourage and enable a significant increase in the participation of young women in higher education to develop professional skills in computer programming to help solve analytical problems in the society and also breach the global gender disparity gap and discrimination in the world of tech.