SAFARICOM WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (WIT)
Safaricom Women in Technology (WIT) is an organization of passionate women from Safaricom technology driven divisions dedicated to inspiring women from different backgrounds to advance their careers from classroom to board room. These efforts are geared towards creating an opportunity to tap into the unused talent and innovative ideas sitting on the bench with our girls, whilst dynamic trends continue to emerge in the Technology space. The program is organized into 6 streams:
Kidz Go Tech session in which children engage in technology based experiments with interactive kits to simulate real world applications
Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore mentors a visiting high school organized by Women in technology (WIT) 47 47 initiative. Encouraging females to pursue Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) remains a core focus for WIT
From Right: Anne Cheboi (Mentor), Daisy Ndungu (Team Sniper Coach), Priscillah Wambui, Victoria Mutwiri, Gladys Wairimu, Laura Ayushi Harriet Karanja,(Team Sniper students-2016) and Jematia Bett (Mentor)
WIT Campus Outreach team discussing interview etiquette during a visit to Kabarak University
WIT Academy pose for a photo with WIT founder, Angela Wamola (front row, extreme left) on their graduation day after 3 months of intensive training to get a feel of the real working environment
Held monthly WIT networking forum aims to motivate professional women pursuing technology careers and grow them all the way to the boardroom. Guest Speakers (Women and Men) with a wealth of experience in leadership give career talks. It provides a platform for the working woman to Network, Build Relations and Engage positively with role models.
Over 40 sessions down the lane, a lot of wisdom has been passed on financial management, technology and business, real estate, decision making and pursuing opportunities among many other topics. This forum has been graced by speakers from various sectors such as Cherie Blaire, Amb. Dr. Monica Juma , Zebib Kavuma and Tumi Chamayou.
Success is great minds working together. From left: WIT head, Lilian Kiambati, Enterprise business unit director, Rita Okuthe, Chief Guest speaker Hon. Amb. Dr. Monica Juma and media personality Julie Gichuru at a past WIT networking forum session
WIT has stepped out of its comfort zone to reach out and support ladies from marginalized regions. Upon interacting with and hearing the stories of early marriages and disrupted education in such areas, 1 female engineer from Mandera County was on boarded within Technology division with efforts at an advanced stage to onboard more.
In 2016, The WIT chairperson, Lilian accompanied the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai and her team in her visit to Dadaab, Garissa County to know firsthand the hardships the ladies there experience and join her in campaigning for female education.
WIT is well aware of the dynamic trends of the technology industry and has tapped into this to ensure it is keeping up with communication needs. In September 2016, it partnered with GoGaga in sponsoring the first ever social media independent week Nairobi. This one week conference themed ‘The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology’ (How social media and technology is changing business and cultures globally) provided a central stage for keynotes and panels, multiple workshops, master classes, presentations and networking. This was timely and by coincidence ran at a time the social media was rife with vices such as cyber bulling targeting females, incest and molestation. 37 WIT ladies including interns worked tirelessly in knowledge sharing.
Our WIT chairperson, Eng. Lilian Kiambati joined panelists discussing social media and technology on Press Pass aired on K24. The WIT Academy leader, Eng. Jaki Mebur was among the speakers in the conference.
2016 Mentorship Career Workshop for High School Girls, WIT joined hands with open world and sponsored the mentorship of over 500 girls through its champions. WIT also partnered with Andela and continually sends representatives to empower the ladies.
Among the challenges that affect ladies in school are emotional trials and lack of basic needs. WIT understands this only too well and continually support through donations of sanitary towels. During Safaricom at 15 celebrations in September 2015, they remembered the girls at Lorna Waddington Primary School in Kayole who benefitted and felt part of the company’s celebrations. Django Girls, a non-profit organization and a community that empowers women through workshops has also benefitted from study material donations in form of books and pens.
WIT Lead, Lilian Kiambati (in green tshirt) poses with some students of Lorna Waddington High school, Kayole and some WIT champions in a visit organized to the school in 2015. WIT volunteers mainly comprise female engineers from technology division
In 2015, 3 WIT champions, Jaki Mebur, Esther Karuga and Josephine Kamanthe were recognized for their dedication and outstanding efforts in supporting women in technology