Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi is empowering women and girls with tech
The more girls we empower the better our society becomes. Oreoluwa is one of those people ensuring that girls and women are no longer marginalized. As the founder of Women’s Technology Empowerment Center ( W.TEC) – a non-governmental organisation working to empower girls and women socially and economically, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) she is changing the narrative for many women and girls.
Oreoluwa’s had always loved ICT and her curiosity to learn more about how computers, and ICT in general, could benefit economies led her to pursue a Masters degree in Information Systems. While furthering her studies in this subject matter, she realized that women on the African continent were very under-represented in technology – whether it was in the spheres of development, policy, or as users. She made this the subject of her dissertation and that was when the idea for W.TEC was birthed.
Since then, W.TEC has trained several women and girls. Oreoluwa is a 2014 Vital Vices Lead Fellow, 2013 Ashoka fellow and a recipient o the Anita Borg Change Agent Award for her commitment to issues of women in computing in Nigeria.