Wentors, a women’s mentorship organization has partnered with Microsoft to commit to the mentorship and training of 1000 women in the tech industry for several years. According to the two, this is a way of promoting gender diversity in tech.
Wentors is a global mentorship and nurturing network for women in tech that will be run via the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative. Wentors was launched by EduAbasi Chukwunweike, a former Microsoft 4Afrika employee after she noticed an underrepresentation of female software engineers across Nigeria.
The organization runs cohort programmes for 3 months wherein a mentor commits to hours-long weekly mentee sessions. These cohorts run on weekly themes while offering their mentors a package that helps them along the process. The cohort programme offers soft skills in the form of training and webinars in areas like network communication, personal branding, and imposter syndrome.
Wentors programmes are virtually run so as to give women across Africa and the globe a chance to participate. To date, Wentors has mentored over 240 women across 4 continents and boasts a 900 member strong community.
In the past two decades, a lot of efforts have been invested in engaging girls and women in science and technology. Despite making up half of the global population, women and girls remain underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Women are also highly underrepresented in STEM fields in Subsaharan Africa.
RT 4Afrika "To mark #InternationalWomensDay, we are joining hands with @Wentors_ a women’s mentorship organisation to provide mentorship and training to 1,000 women working in tech. Learn more and apply to become a mentor or mentee here: … pic.twitter.com/PRhxs228qt"
— Swazi Bridge Project (@SwaziBridge) March 8, 2021
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