February 19, 2021
Gloria Tumushabe, a Ugandan, is putting her two degrees in computer science to good use. While finishing her Master's in California during the COVID-19 pandemic, she has launched Afro Fem Coders, an initiative whereby she and a group of women in her network are teaching girls in Uganda how to code. Gloria hasn't let challenges in Africa like expensive Wifi and data bundles or a shortage of computers slow her down. She has sent her own money to the girls so that they can keep studying.
"This chance for them to learn is going to empower them to be like 'I'm putting my business out there and I'm growing it'. And not even just business. They're going to be able to use that to build technology for the health sector. I see this really changing for a lot of women and really making them builders and innovators. I've had a lot of women in my life. A lot of them are very thoughtful. I can see how this thoughtfulness is going to be used in that mentality as they build technology. So it's not just technology. It's equitable too."