Updated: Apr 20
The field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, thanks to the remarkable contributions of women. In South Africa, women have been breaking down barriers and making their mark in this male-dominated industry. From coding and programming to cybersecurity and digital marketing, women in ICT are leading the way to a brighter, more innovative future.
Despite the progress made, the gender gap in ICT still persists. According to a report by the International Telecommunications Union, make of In South Africa, the numbers are equally concerning. Women account for only 23% of the country's ICT workforce, despite making up more than half of the population.
However, women in South Africa are making strides to close this gap. They are proving that they have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to thrive in this industry. One such woman is Dr. Ncumisa Jilata, South Africa's first black female neurosurgeon. She is also a pioneer in the field of digital healthcare and telemedicine, using technology to improve access to healthcare services in remote areas of the country.
Women in ICT are essential to creating a more equitable and prosperous future." - Melinda Gates
Success Stories from Woman in IT, featuring Julie Cleverdon
Another remarkable woman is Julie Cleverdon, the co-founder of the Click Foundation, a nonprofit organization that uses technology to improve literacy rates among young children in disadvantaged communities. Through innovative digital learning programs, the Click Foundation has helped over 100,000 children in South Africa.
The success stories of women in ICT in South Africa are numerous and inspiring. These women are not only breaking down barriers but also changing the narrative around what it means to be a successful professional in this industry. They are showing that women can thrive in ICT and that their contributions are crucial to building a better future for all.
...Providing access to education and training programs, mentorship opportunities.
However, more needs to be done to ensure that women have equal opportunities and representation in ICT. This includes providing access to education and training programs, mentorship opportunities, and creating more inclusive work environments. By doing so, we can empower women to take on leadership roles and make a significant impact in this fast-evolving industry.
In conclusion, women in ICT in South Africa are making significant contributions and breaking down barriers. They are changing the narrative and showing that women have a vital role to play in building a better future for all. As a society, we must continue to support and empower women in ICT to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to succeed. Only then can we truly close the gender gap and create a more inclusive and innovative industry.
Written by Sue Faith Levy - Marketing Manager (Consultant)