Dr Peters challenges stereotypes in tech fields

The Dean of the NUST Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Dr Anicia Peters, has been selected as one of the 10 Afchix African women in Technology Role Models. Peters, along with the other nominees from around the continent, will be featured in videos to inspire girls to pursue computing as a career.

Afchix is a Kenyan-based network of African women in computing fields such as Computer Science and Information Technology. Afchix fosters gender diversity in this field that is commonly male-dominated. The Society carries out mentoring initiatives for girls and women in 25 African countries. In December 2016, they launched an Africa-wide competition where African women role models in Technology were nominated across the continent.

Peters was also amongst the nominees, which is attributed to the work she does with the Namibia Women in Computing and for organising the first Africa Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI 2016) in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2016.

This conference aims to build research capacity in Human Computer Interaction across Africa. Participants came from 22 different countries, of which 13 were African countries.

“I feel very excited to have received this recognition. Not only can I encourage and inspire girls all over Namibia, but I can also achieve more visibility for other women in computing nationwide. We have such amazing tech talent in Namibia and with the right support, we will be able to grow our tech talent which in turn can attract big players to our country,” Peters remarked.

Date: 
Friday, May 12, 2017
for Month: 
May, 2017

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