Women in Africa have always played key roles in the running of society. Across the world, African women have been instruments for change and development. In today’s world of boundless accomplishments, there is a need for African women to be adequately trained and represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is towards this that Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W), a nonprofit organisation with the focus of empowering women in and through STEM, have been operating.
On March 6, 2021 Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W.) is launching Africa’s largest digital ecosystem and academy for African women in STEM, according to a press release from the organisation. After a little over 2 years of existence, they are credited with creating pioneering events such as the first ever Women in Machine Learning conference in Africa, establishing professional STEM sorority chapters across 12 universities in Africa, and hosting recruitment and training events.
Founded by Diana Nyamekye Wilson, Yielding Accomplished African Women have worked with over 2500 young women across the continent and are also purported to have the largest community of African female leaders in finance, machine learning/AI and software engineering.
The academy, which will be online, will provide STEM courses, professional development masterclasses, on-demand virtual content and individualised mentorship programs mostly for the paid members. It will also include digital sisterhood meetups, full courses led by STEM experts from Google to Cornell University and career development masterclasses. There will be digital sisterhood meetups, channels (Book Club, Finance Society, Developers’ Corner among others.
Simidele Adeagbo, the first Black woman to compete in Skeleton at the Winter Olympics and world-famous speaker will be the first facilitator to begin the academy. She is an Olympian and has 15 years of experience leading marketing campaigns at Nike Inc.
The academy promises to be infused with the “essence of Africa”, “digital skills” and “intersectionality”. For a limited time, African women across the continent can sign up and enjoy a free trial at: bit.ly/joinYaaW
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