Amanda Gicharu

Amanda Gicharu

The Change Agent ABIE Awards recognize international women who have created opportunities for girls and women in technology abroad. This year’s winner is Amanda Gicharu, a native of Kenya and the co-founder of Tech Republic Africa, a startup that creates premier technology education experiences for African youth aged 7 – 19, to increase capacity, engagement and innovation within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields. In under a year, with minimal resources, Amanda has run over 21 tech education experiences (camps, clubs, challenges and workshops), training 172 students across 61 schools. 45% of her STEM trainees were girls.

Amanda is a strong believer in leading by example and from a young age has strived to practically demonstrate that African women are leaders in their own right, despite hailing from a single-parent home with limited financial resources. Throughout her career, Amanda has done her best to share her experiences through mentorships and speaking opportunities, hoping that her achievements so far will inspire girls and women to strive to overcome obstacles and reach their true potential.

At 11, Amanda hosted her own national TV show; at 16 she was her high school valedictorian; at 19 she was recognized nationally and named ͚Young Communicator of the Year͛ for 2 consecutive years; at 21 Amanda was working for the United Nations in Italy; at 23 she completed her Masters degree in the United Kingdom. At 25, Amanda was Head of Consumer & Brand Marketing at Google Kenya, where she developed several award winning campaigns spanning 35 countries.

Amanda joined Google from the United Nations Development Programme – Kenya, where she led content development of critical donor relations publications, securing funding of over $100 million. Amanda is a TechWomen Emerging Leader, American Express Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Fellow. She holds degrees in communications, social entrepreneurship and nutrition. A respected thought leader on STEAM education, entrepreneurship and innovation, Amanda regularly contributes to a number of national media outlets and speaks regularly at entrepreneurial and tech events across the region.

Read our interview with Amanda here.

Meet Amanda at the Speakers Corner at the AnitaB.org Booth (Booth #1420, GRBCC Hall B-D) on Wednesday from 3 – 3:45 p.m.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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