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Tuesday, May 17 • 11:30 - 12:15
Attitudes and Motivations for Women Using Technology & Entering Technology Careers in Kenya LIMITED

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According to the last census in Kenya (National Housing and Population Census, 2009), women constitute slightly over half (50.3%) of the entire Kenyan population. This implies a near equal split between men and women. This near equal split does not however reflect in the uptake of opportunities between the two genders as would have been expected. Equally, women are noticeably under-represented in decision and policymaking concerning technological and socioeconomic development.
Debate on gender equity in education currently revolves around females in mathematics and science domains. Much of the debate about school science and mathematics, therefore, has focused around math and science performance between girls and boys. National exam results have consistently indicated that males perform better than girls in mathematics and sciences at secondary school. As a result, women struggle to enter many of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that have traditionally been dominated by men. In part, these gaps reflect pre-college choices made by men and women, but also to a large extent underpin gender disparities in various academic indicators linked to STEM, including educational outcomes and university enrollment.
The purpose of this study was to understand the factors influencing women's access and participation in science-related programmes in Kenya. In particular, the study carried out an investigation into the influence of self-efficacy, outcome expectations and social-contextual experiences during the pre-college education. STEM education provides platforms for socio-economic development, thus, inclusion of women leads to improved prospects for development as a whole.

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Judith Owigar

Operations Director, Akirachix Association
Judith Owigar is an entrepreneur who uses technology as a tool to empower youth and young women. She believes that exposure, education and use of technology can increase the quality of life and as such change the world. Judith is a co-founder and the Operations Director of Akirachix... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
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