On April 26th, DOT joined Global Affairs Canada at an International Girls in ICT Day showcase of the work Canadian organizations are doing with and for girls in ICT.
We were excited to bring in two #DOTYouth virtually: Ruth Kaveke from Kenya and Catherine Kalinga from Tanzania joined via a live video cast to share how they are transforming their communities, creating opportunities, and bridging the gender digital divide through social enterprises focused on young women in their communities.
Ruth and Catherine spoke about the challenges girls in technology face, and how through resources, mentorship, and instructional programming they are each supporting girls to find opportunities in technology.
Watch the live feed of Ruth and Catherine’s presentation at the showcase to learn more about their inspiring initiatives!
About Ruth Kaveke
Co-Founder, Pwani Teknowgalz
Ruth Kaveke is a web developer, SEO master, and the Co-Founder of Pwani Teknowgalz in Kenya. Passionate about training and educating young women, Ruth works with girls in Mombasa to expand their knowledge and skill base in the IT sector and gain meaningful employment. Ruth has participated in TechWomen’s mentorship fellowship in California, the eSkills4Girls program in Rwanda, and has co-hosted Africa Code Week and Mozilla’s Global Sprint.
About Catherine Kalinga
Founder, Girls Awareness in IT-Profession
Catherine Kalinga is a Digital Ambassador and Founder of Girls Awareness in IT-profession based in Tanzania. A former student of both the University of Dar es Salaam and the Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Catherine earned her diploma as one of only three women among more than 40 men in her graduating class. She has since made it her life’s mission to create awareness of IT opportunities for women, and teaches girls enrolled in low resource schools coding and web development courses to jumpstart their careers in technology fields.