By Internet Society Zimbabwe
The Internet Society (ISOC), a global organization with 134 chapters across the world, in coordination with Wikimedia Foundation, an American non-profit and charitable organization that hosts sites like Wikipedia, will on the 27th of April host a one of a kind event dubbed ‘The Global ‘Editathon’ for Girls in ICT in celebration of the ‘Girls in ICT Day’. The event will be hosted at NUST American Space from 9 a.m, and will see content creators, journalists, women in ICTs and various participants coming together to celebrate this special day in action. Participation on this event is open to anyone upon registration to attend all you need to bring is a laptop.
The ‘Girls in ICTs Day’ is celebrated globally every year on the fourth Thursday of April, hence it is being celebrated on the 26th of April this year. It is a global effort to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information Communication Technologies. One of the goals of ISOC Zimbabwe Chapter is to see girls and women empowered in ICTs, hence on the ‘Girls in ICT Day’, content written by women and about women will be created, mainly to make women in technology more visible, and to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers.
What is an ‘Editathon’?
An ‘Editathon’ is a marathon which involves editing, creating and improving Wikipedia articles with reliable and verifiable sources on a specific subject, and uploading relevant images to Wikimedia Commons. As such, the subject on which the ‘Editathon’ will focus on will be girls on ICTs, and biographies of women who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and leaders in the ICTs will be edited.
During the event, interviews will also be conducted on prominent women involved in ICTs, and these will include amongst several others, the likes of Andy, who is a founder of Habestyle, an online clothing store; Marlene Mhangami the first African to have been voted onto the board of directors of the Python Software Foundation and founder of Zimbopy, an initiative aimed at advancing the cause of women in technology through equipping girls with programming skills and Anoziva Ishe Marindire the founder of Girls Speak Out an after school program teaching media, advocacy and code to girls living in Zimbabwe’s high-density, low-income communities.
The impact of this first-ever ‘Girls in ICT Global Editathon’ is expected to not only raise the banner for women involved in ICTs but to also leave a long lasting impact in inspiring girls to get involved in technology innovations.
The Internet Society is an international organization whose mission is to support and promote the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.