ISACA Kampala Chapter and the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), have this morning held a mentorship program called “SheLeads” focusing on promoting women leaders in technology and leadership.
Global surveys on breaking gender barriers for the leadership tech work force show that the top barriers for women include lack of mentors and female role models in the field among other factors.
It’s based on this that ISACA International has embarked on a program to increase the representation of women in technology leadership roles and the tech workforce.
The breakfast, drew will draw an audience of women in various positions within the fields of Information Security, IT Auditors, IT Governance & IT Risk from both public and private sector.
In addition, the breakfast had a themed panel discussion, Empowering women leaders in technology – the role of mentorship, that included a panel of strong IT female leaders (CIOs) speaking about how it is possible to get to the C-level and Boardroom in Technology.
A recent survey carried out by ISACA on ‘The Future Tech Workforce: Breaking Gender Barriers,’ the following top barriers for women were identified: Lack of mentors (48%), lack of female role models in the field (42%), gender bias in the workplace (39%), unequal growth opportunities compared to men (36%) and unequal pay for the same skills (53%).
“From the above barriers, the following are in our ability to tackle: Lack of mentors, lack of female role models in the field It’s against the above backdrop that NITA-U and ISACA seek to influence by creating a network of women leaders mentoring other women and inspiring them into leadership roles,” says Ms. Vivian Ddambya, Director Technical Services at the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda
She also called upon women to be situational aware.
“As women we are weary of politics but we need to learn to navigate politics of the organization, be cognizant of the power centers and align yourself.”
Ms. Keto Kayemba, the Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General, who is the patron of the SheLeads mentorship program, encouraged the mentees to be bold and follow up with their mentors for the valuable wisdom that the mentors will have.
“The objective of this SheLeadsTech platform will be to provide a platform for women leaders in technology to inspire, support and encourage mentees to realize their potential to advance their personal and professional development,” she added.
Kayemba said that the first cohort of mentors was unveiled.
“This group of women will provide support to interested mentees in directing their career paths and personal growth. Against the realization, Uganda has few women leaders in technology, the cohort will inspire and motivate more women to aspire for the C- suite positions.”
The cohort includes:
MTN Uganda NITA-U and ISACA Kampala are confident that the SheLeads program will be invaluable in developing women leaders in the technology industry in Uganda.