AfChix is a network of women in Technology who consider gender diversity in the Computer Science & ICT industry very critical for increased creativity and innovative performance of the industry. We have had activities impacting over 25 African countries.
AfChix is involved in mentoring girls to consider careers in Computer Science and IT. We achieve this through visits to schools, celebrating annual Girls in ICT Days, running technical workshops such as the AFNOGChix Linux Administration Series and sponsoring our members’ participation in tech conferences such as the Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing (GHC) and Africa Internet Summit (AIS). We believe that by exposing young girls and women to possible career opportunities in Computer Science & ICT, we empower them to join technical fields confidently.
We target the upper primary and high school girls between the age of 9 to 18, the young women who have freshly joined careers in ICT/Computer Science at Universities and workplaces and those established and looking to grow into technical leadership positions.
AfChix encourages idea and knowledge sharing amongst promising young and women entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to growth. Through this dynamic platform, we hope to encourage, support, guide and share amongst each other for the progress of our career paths.
AfChix was formed in November 2004 by African women and for African women. The aim of AfChix is to help build the critical mass of computing skills among African women. AfChix evolved from Linux Chix Africa which was founded by Dorcas Muthoni and Ana Badimo, two great African women in computing.
It is composed of former and current Computer Science/Information Technology students and other players in the technology industry, runs a mentorship program that aims at encouraging young women and high school girls to pursue careers in Computer Science and Engineering