The involvement of women in Tech has been limited to Lagos and other parts of the country, the North has been left behind when it comes to the involvement of women in STEM. Brainiacs STEM & Robotics along side Startup Kaduna organized a meetup which was hosted by Aisha Amoka a Women in Stem Ambassador and a System Analyst, the aim of the meet up is to address the issues as facing women with careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“Having a diverse gender representation in STEM should be the goal of every nation . So far Nigeria is still in the budding stage of encouraging our female youths in these areas. Women in STEM with Brainiacs seeks to address the issue by putting up an environment where ladies in STEM/Tech can connect, talk about ideas and new technologies. We believe a robust IT environment must have representation of all genders” Aisha Amoka. Host Women in STEM Brainiacs.
Kadanewsmag was at the meetup which held at Kaduna International School and it was obvious from the number of turn out at the venue that women in Kaduna and the North have a lot to do to catch up with their counterparts in other parts of the country. From what we saw it was supposed to be a women meetup but the number of male participant was equal to that of the female. Low turnout aside the show must go on….
The Host kicked of the event with the introduction of attendees to the event and what the event was all about, participants also discussed on issues affecting youths and mostly ladies from achieving their carrier goals, one of the major issues discussed included parental influence.
One of the invited Guests Miss Elooghene Agha spoke on the challenges and opportunities for women in STEM in Nigeria, some challenges she talked about included Laxity/laziness, balancing family with work, women equity, she suggested giving equal right as regards education and opportunities. She also gave examples of Agencies and NGO’s that encourages STEM opportunities.
Some of the male attendees also contributed with some suggesting ways that women could get involved in STEM at a very young age and how to get even older women and students involved, incorporating things women love with Tech so as to attract and encourage them to develop solutions to solve problems which are female specific.
With the next meetup scheduled for the first quarter of next year, it is hoped that more women and girls would have gotten the message and a higher turnout would be expected. If a balance is to be achieved in a robust IT environment a lot still needs to be done to get more women and girls involved in these areas. Putting together this kind of meetups and other activities would really go a long way to improve how Women in STEM in Nigeria is perceived by other nations of the world.