12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Hosted by TechHer NG
Hangout Suite Water Corporation Road Plot 5B VI Lagos
“More women are entering the workforce and still not making it to the top,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer.
In Nigeria, despite the large proportion of female graduates and the significant numbers who join various companies at entry level, very few reach the top.
Have we considered that in addition to the inequalities that exist, perhaps women do not stay in these workplaces long enough to rise through the ranks?
The world over, technology can be described as a revolving door, particularly for the female gender. The speed and intensity with which women are brought into computing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is matched only by the speed with which these women leave. This event wants to ask why, and proffer solutions to that.
TechHer believes that beyond technology, the harnessing the good of the ‘invisible hand’ stretches to sharing experiences and therefore reducing the possibilities for the same mistakes to be made, exchanging tips and tricks around technology therefore becoming better/increasing productivity at work. It could also stretch to having honest, practicable discussions about the challenges women in technology face and possible resolutions therefore increasing retention, etc.
Challenges, Experiences, Retention will focus on these issues:
- How do policies in the workplace make for unequal opportunities for women in technology? Attention will be paid to aspects like women’s networking groups, flexible work hours, support for nursing mothers (crèche allowance, virtual hours, maternal leave vs. annual leave entitlement), provision of paternity leave, etc.
- Human rights and development – how do inclusion and diversity teams balance out these inequalities?
- How do we catalyze gender redistribution via technology? How do we undo the current state of ‘forcing quota laws’ and creating the stigma that women have to be employed for anything other than their skills and brilliance?
- How do we go beyond bringing women into technology to ensuring they stay there? How do we mitigate the issues that make us leave? How have others done it?
- How can our shared challenges and experiences pave smoother paths for younger females considering careers in technology?
The event is targeted primarily at women working in technology (either on the front/back end), and welcomes entrepreneurs, employees, and women seeking new roles/careers.
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TechHer is a community hinged on support, collaboration, and learning for women working in/around technology. We go beyond bringing women into technology to supporting them to not only stay, but improve their skills, broaden their networks, and help them become better versions of themselves.
Venue & Location
Hangout SuiteWater Corporation Road Plot 5B