The BBC has released its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2022 and we have highlighted four tech founders among them.
The first here is Samrawit Fikru, a tech entrepreneur from Ethiopia who used a computer for the first time when she was 17 years old. She quickly took to programming and soon started working as a software developer.
Fikru founded Hybrid Designs and used it to solve the transport problem in her country with the ride-hailing app RIDE. She started the company with less than $2,000 and its focus is helping women find taxis after work at good rates, Fikru’s company employs a majority female staff.
There is also Asonele Kotu, a South African tech founder and the brains behind FemConnect, a startup that focuses on removing period poverty and reducing teenage pregnancies through tech-based solutions.
FemConnect provides a platform to access s****l and reproductive telemedicine without stigma or discrimination. It also allows women easily order feminine hygiene products and contraceptives online.
Ifeoma Ozoma, based in the US, became well known after breaking an NDA to reveal the gender and race discrimination she had faced at Pinterest. Following that, she backed the Silenced No More Act, which allows every worker in California to share information about discrimination or harassment regardless of signing an NDA.
Since then, she has become a public policy expert in the tech space and created a collection of resources to help employees speak out, called The Tech Worker Handbook. Ozoma also founded Earthseed, which advises organisations on equity in the tech industry.
Ainura Sagyn is a computer engineer, ecofeminist, and founder of Tazar, an app that connects waste producers like households, individuals, restaurants, factories and construction sites, to recyclers.
She hopes to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which is a major pollution source in Central Asian countries. In addition, Sagyn heads coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops for schoolgirls in her home country, Kyrgyzstan.
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