CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THE DIGITAL WAY
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
mHub joins the whole world in commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day Themed, Break the Bias. This year mHub features one of the recently recruited Interns under the Digital Malawi Programme. mHub in partnership with the Public-Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) is implementing the Digital Malawi Program with funding from the World Bank Group, with the goal of supporting a comprehensive, long-term investment in Malawi’s digital transformation. The program is implemented in six districts across the country namely: Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Mwanza, and Chikwawa.
Limbani Mwale is one of our female interns recruited under the Digital Malawi Programme, Limbani hails from Nkhatabay District and is working with the Youth and Empowerment Towards Development (YETOD) organization located in Chintheche township. To Limbani, being a female intern in the Information Technology department is a clear indication that the sky is the only limit she has as far as achieving her goals is concerned. A 2020 study by the AnitaB.org Institute found that worldwide only 28.8% of women make up the tech workforce. Research has shown that people view Information Technology fields as masculine, up to this day, society views women in science as less competent than men unless they are showing considerable success. However, Limbani Mwale thinks otherwise “everything is possible, it is not always easy but it is possible, regardless of the picture that the society paints but WOMEN CAN BE ANYTHING THEY WANT TO BE” said Limbani in an interview.
Limbani is inspired by the few Women torchbearers in the Technology industry and believes with no doubt she is heading in the right direction. “I am inspired by Lisa Su, the CEO of Advanced Micro Device. If given a chance I would love to dine with Dr, Rachel Sibande the founder of mHub, and Charity Nkosi, the founder of Dream Big Global Initiative. These women make me believe in myself and have helped in spotlighting my potential. If you are to ask me right now where I see myself in the next year? Believe me, my simple answer is the Sky is my only limit!” said Mwale. Limbani Mwale is among the 16 interns that are currently enrolled under the Digital Malawi Internship Program.