Lucy Quist joined leading African women in technology at the African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology held in Accra to discuss and share solutions that will foster policy directions on broadband internet access, women empowerment, and sustainable development.
The conference, organised by the Alliance for Affordable Internet, focused on practical solutions and policies that will further the interest of African women and girls.
Sharing her thoughts on bridging the gender gap in the Technology industry, Lucy Quist, a passionate advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) encouraged participants to be bold and active participants in the industry. She said “Instead of waiting to be given the opportunity to be relevant, women need to assert and claim their place in the Tech industry by equipping themselves with knowledge about the industry, being exceptionally great at what they do and even greater when it comes to soft skills such as communications and human relations”.
Lucy’s talk also touched on society’s role in supporting more women in Tech saying, “For a long time, we (society) have given the tech industry an image women do not wish to be part of. Technology has been given a masculine face and attitude. First everyone expects males to be dominant in this field, then when a woman turns up, she is still expected to be masculine.”
The participants at the event, who came from different parts of the continent, were mostly women who were leading technology initiatives or working in tech companies.