Over the years, the male gender has been dominant in the Technology industry and lately, women have stepped up their desires to also venture into the tech line and so far, most of the females in the industry have been successful.
Gender diversity has been a serious issue in recent times, with efforts to achieve a strong balance becoming more prominent within the technology industry. Before now, women were seen as those whose only involvement is restricted to home management and sometimes executive jobs such as clerical staff, secretary amongst other similar positions .
Despite the perception of the tech industry’s male-dominated culture, organisations are starting to embrace a rich mix of not only genders, but skillsets and personalities to get the best results.
With the advancement of technology in coming years, there will be more job openings in technology. This would further boost the involvement of females in tech departments.
Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces and changing the face of technology in Africa, especially in the fields of agricultural and financial technology. This is despite the fact that, as recently as a decade ago, women were grossly underrepresented in and excluded from the industries they are now helping to shape.
From an organisation’s perspective, building a truly diverse workforce does not only mean employing different people. An environment must be created where different people are allowed and encouraged to flourish.
One of the things that sets women in tech apart from women in other male-dominated sectors is a lack of visibility.
The low turnout of women at tech meetups and other conversations around technology amplifies the gender disparity in the sector.
Thank goodness many NGOs and Civil Society organisations are doing a lot to encourage girls across Nigeria to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects, which will create the pipeline for future Women-in-Tech.
A lot of organisations have created room for intellectually sound minds to be a part of science-oriented programmes instead of making it a gender-biased type of occupation.
It is hopeful that within the next decade or so, Nigeria will have a more level playing ground (in tech-related fields for both sexes) that will fast-track local technology–driven solutions that would spur our country into a fully developed nation.