Larisa Akrofie, a programme partner in TVET and Skills at Mastercard Foundation, has urged women with aspirations in the tech space to make use of the support groups.
Speaking during the EdTech Monday segment on the Citi Breakfast Show, Larisa Akrofie said, “it is so incredibly helpful to have a group of people with whom you can share your experiences with.”
She noted that this was important because of a gender ratio in tech skewed towards men.
“Because of the gender ratio in tech, you find yourself being the only female in a class or in a meeting at work, and the support that comes with finding others in similar situations really goes a long way to help with that isolation,” she said.
Larisa Akrofie also urged women to favour firms that value diversity during their work in the tech space.
“When you go for an interview, ask them straight up what their perspectives on diversity are and don’t settle on the PR speak,” she advised.
EdTech Monday is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation Regional Centre for Teaching and Learning in ICT.
This edition was on celebrating women in tech.
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