About us


About Afchix

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 Story

AfChix Africa 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.

Mission and Vision

Vision

Gender diversity in the Information Technology / Computer Science industry so that there is better decision making, increased creativity and innovative performance.

Mission

Our mission is to create a vibrant network of African Women in Computer Science, IT and related areas by networking with women [those already in computer science / IT and young girls] for purposes of supporting them to grow in their careers and encouraging young girls to consider careers in Computer Science / IT.

Afchix Core Values

1. Having Fun and enjoying what we do.
2. Sisterhood and helpfulness. Supporting other women in technology to succeed and shine - realizing unity with other women.
3. Freedom to Innovate and grow own local initiatives to support women in technology.
4. Embracing Change, self development, learning and growing.
5. Entrepreneurship and believing in one’s dreams.
6. Respect for each other.
7. Making a Difference in one’s community.
8. Openness, Honesty and Integrity - not compromising the truth.
9. Simplicity & Quality.
10. Working Smart - Balanced and healthy work and home lives.
11. Teamwork and Loyalty to one another - and care for each other both personally and professionally.
12. Open Communication - All AfChix members are encouraged to openly share their opinions and views.
13. Excellence – we value being the best in quality and in everything we do.