March 21, 2024

Count Her In Tech Program: Empowering 1,000 Nigerian Women To Become Software Engineers

Nigerian Women In Tech

Leading Nigerian tech company SkillPaddy has collaborated with ethical business bank Unity Bank Plc to train 1,000 female software engineers through their new “Count Her In Tech’ program.

The partnership seeks to boost women’s participation in the tech industry where they comprise only 33% of the global workforce.

The Count Her In Program

The “Count Her In Tech’ program aligns with the 2024 International Women’s Day theme, #InspireInclusion, which celebrates women who advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

“As a bank committed to fostering economic empowerment and gender equality, we are proud to partner with SkillPaddy on this initiative to contribute to the training and empowerment of 1,000 female software engineers,” Tofunmi Somefun, managing director and CEO of Unity Bank, said in Vanguard.

“Through this program, we are not only investing in the future of these talented women but also driving innovation and diversity within the tech industry.

“By providing access to skills training and mentorship, we aims to unlock opportunities and create a more inclusive and thriving digital economy for all.”

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Notably, Unity Bank will fully sponsor 40 young girls in this initiative.

All program participants will receive comprehensive training in various aspects of software development, gaining life skills like critical thinking and problem-solving to ensure their success in the tech world. 

Unity Bank has previously partnered with AltSchool Africa to support female students in acquiring specialist software development skills.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.