More than 445 teachers across 14 African countries were surveyed by a new report to try and unpack the complexities that face African girls in the technology landscape. Titled “Tomorrow’s Cyber Heroines” the study highlights the importance of changing the cybersecurity workforce gender statistics.
The study was undertaken by CyberHeroines, KnowBe4 Africa and Infosphere Limited. “We want African women to participate in the digital age – we cannot leave them behind. We must empower girls to go into technology and this starts at a young age.
We need to make a conscious decision to change the way we treat young girls. The dialogue needs to focus on making technology interesting for girls, not just something that they should ‘leave to their brother,” said Aprielle Oichoe, Managing Director of InfoSphere.
The key factors inhibiting women’s entry to the worlds of technology and cybersecurity include negative stereotypes, lack of role models or mentors, low self-confidence, and competing in a male-dominated industry. Women are generally discouraged from careers in STEM and steered towards traditionally female roles instead.
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