March 8 marked International Women’s Day celebrations and Impact Hub Harare in partnership with Facebook Developer Circles: Harare commemorated the day by hosting a 2-day women in tech event. The first day focused on primary school students (aged between 10 – 13) and the second day hosted a much older audience including members of DevC Harare. The main goal of the event was to restructure the societal perspective that ‘technical things/jobs are only meant for boys’ as well as to highlight the numerous options available to women within the tech industry.
As always, the day started with an ice-breaker, the privileged walk, to get everyone into the groove.Throughout the privilege walk, statements are read by the facilitator and participants are asked to take a step forward or backward based on their experiences. The activity forces participants to confront the ways in which society privileges some individuals over others. At the end of the exercise, one boy had only moved one step forward. Upon realizing how far he was from his peers, he broke down in tears. It was an unexpected turn of events that highlighted the need to focus on both male & females so that no-one is left behind.