CARIBBEAN – To coincide with the international celebration of Girls in ICT Day on April 24, 2014, www.trulycaribbean.net will feature stories of women who code.
According to the founder Nerissa Golden, the campaign provides videos of women of Caribbean heritage who develop web applications, solve real world issues and are making a difference in their communities and in the technological space.
“There are many women who are intimidated by technology and we wanted to show that there is no need to be and that you can start where you are with the present knowledge that you have,” explained Golden.
“Some of the women featured taught themselves while others went to school to learn programming but all are using what they know to bring change and to improve the world in which we live,” she added.
Golden said the idea to do the campaign came about as the Montserrat National ICT Council was planning their local activities for the Girls in ICT Day. Under the theme Girls Can, she decided to reach out to women in her network to share their stories to motivate young girls to consider a career in the technology field.
By 2020 there will be millions of additional jobs globally created in the ICT sector, however with current trends, only about 30% of those jobs will be filled, according to US statistics. Knowledge of ICT can increase a woman’s income potential and also provides options for employment and creating work for others.
Featured in the videos are Jamaican Mobile App Developer Roxanne Wanliss, US/Trinidadian Blogger Eva Wilson of SocaMom.Com, and Angelica O’Donoghue of the Antigua Chronicle.
All of the videos can be viewed on www.trulycaribbean.net or on YouTube.com/User/TrulyCaribbean on the Caribbean Girls Can Code playlist.
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