On Thursday, 8 March the iHub joined other organisations around the city, country and world in celebrating International Women’s Day. The iHub women, staff and members, got together to celebrate each other.
Over the last couple of years the iHub has developed and hosted initiatives specifically focused on equipping women with skills and networks to succeed in their innovation and entrepreneurship journeys. For example, over the last year the iHub developed and launched the Women in Entrepreneurship series, which brings women together to facilitate connections and partnerships, share personal experiences and lessons learnt, share advice, surface issues and solutions, create a mentorship and alumni network and influence policy. In the last month we the iHub hosted our first Online Safety meetup in a series of planned outreach engagements to get increased awareness around Internet Freedom in Kenya. This meet up specifically targeted University going women, active on social media and the Internet. We also hosted the Developer Circles Nairobi as they launched The Women's Circle, a place to encourage women to innovate, code and drive Impact in Technology. As we continue to host high profile events at the iHub we have been intentional in ensuring well balanced panels, trainers and coaches for our programs.
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender parity is over 200 years away. Every little bit counts and we must motivate each other to press for progress.
At the iHub we work to drive the community’s agenda and so we learn constantly, different ways to support our community members in the work that they do and also to take advantage of their time with us to learn from them. That is why aside from events and specific initiatives we are also delighted to host several high impact women entrepreneurs and innovators at the iHub, some of who are featured in the photos below. 20% of our membership is female and we are excited to introduce you to some of them today and share their stories with you in the coming months