BOAF Inducts Ms. Catherine Kalinga to 10,000 Points of Light
“On behalf of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF), it is my pleasure and honour to welcome Ms. Catherine Kalinga to the prestigious 10,000 Points of Light (POL) club, as number (BOAF0449) towards our target of 10,000 names in the BOAF, as an individual who is giving her testimony about being a girl in the Tech world,” said Stanley Karombo, a member of the BOAF initiative powered by The 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.
Ms. Catherine wants girls to go for their dreams, accept advice and try and find all opportunities to excel in this male dominated industry.
She developed an interest in mathematics and computers early on in school and choose IT, while almost all her school friends chose social sciences. So that raises the fundamental question as to why women don’t make this choice as frequently as men.
Tinashe Mpasiri, a presenter of a community radio station based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com asked her: Is it about the perception that getting into IT is harder, and not much fun?
She did mention something interesting; “lately there has been a lot of discussion about the need for women in IT and a lot of pull initiatives towards Women in IT that has perhaps helped in improving the ratios.”
Mr Mpasiri’s show is aimed at building borderless communities and exposing how digital transformation has enabled the building of such communities.
On Monday, Ms. Catherine said, “I am looking to grow my network with like-minded professionals in Tanzania and the world over.”
She is also currently work in the Computer Hardware industry. She said: “When I’m not working I enjoy connecting with people who have an interest in Computer Programming, Photography and Technology.”
“It is my distinct honour and privilege to induct Ms. Cathrine in our project to create a visible and accessible bank of people using IT and secure the future that Africa and its inhabitants deserve,” Mr. Stanley Dube station manager of The 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.