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The contribution of the empowered women in the IT sector in Kenya

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Women in the IT sector have made tremendously well in Kenya in the recent past. Unlike the past where women were less and not enthusiastic and adventurer enough to venture into the IT industry. Many women have brought about innovations in the sector. For example, Martha Chumo acquired her IT skills through learning online in various online learning site. She learned how to develop mobile software and this led to her opening an IT school in Nairobi which is doing quite well (Citizen TV. 2013)

Another progress by ladies in the IT sector in Kenya is in various agencies were women head the sector to greater heights. Google Kenya has employed a number of women to work on various capacities and managerial posts and by these we see google services in Kenya growing day by day (Njoroge, 2012). Google is the leading search engine in the world and women have done tremendously well in the sector so as to ensure the running of google services are running smoothly.

Research in the past has highlighted that women are better at multitasking. Women run some IT applications than men. For instance the field of secretaries is flooded with women. This is attributed to the fact that women are generally faster at typing on computers which are at the center of IT.

Many more contributions exist to the sector that have been brought about by women in Kenya. Some many other innovations have been done in Kenya over the past that are very commendable (Njoroge, 2013).

Technology-oriented and knowledge-intensive enterprises are engines of Kenyan development and economic growth. Yet, numerous reports attest to a shortage of skilled and educated technology workers as being a key obstacle to business development and job-creating expansion. At the same time, there is a decrease in university enrollment in such fields as Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Software Engineering. Potentially, women are a source of talent that could help fill these gaps in that Kenyan women are under-represented within many advanced technology sectors (Njoroge, 2013)

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