Whenever we talk of tech and the tech world, very few people imagine of women in the field. We have grown so accustomed to tech being considered a male field that rarely does the image of women pop up. And while it remains true that men remain the main people in tech, women are quickly finding their spaces in the field.
One such space is Wentors. A word play on women and mentors, Wentors is an organization that works with women in the Middle-East and Africa to empower their start-ups and mentor them in their entry into the world of technology.
The organization was started by EduAbasi Chukwunweiki, a graduate of software engineering and a Master’s degree in Informatics. Chukwunweiki, who works for Miscrosoft as its Startup Manager for West & East Africa, stated that starting the organization was a way of opening the door for women in tech to encourage more women into the field.
“We believe the people best suited to nurture these dreams (of women getting into tech) are the women currently in technology and hence, we are redefining the mentorship roadmap by building a global community of women in technology who nurture each other,” Chukwunweiki said on 8 March 2021 as Wentors collaborated with Microsoft through the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative.
According to information on their website, the organization has impacted over 5,000 women and mentored a further 1000. The organization is spread across four continents: The Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East Asia. They also aim to have impacted over 8 million women by 2030, and also look to change the narrative around women in technology, validating millions of women’s dreams in the process.