Cyber Women 2018

30+ Cyber Women Who #PressforProgress: Inspirational Women in Technology

All around the world, women are using digital technology to innovate. To celebrate these achievements, the SecDev Foundation will be featuring inspiring women and their work every day in March. The campaign Cyber Women reflects the International Women’s Day 2018 theme of #PressforProgress by showcasing women who are making a difference with and in technology.

Across the globe, women are leveraging the internet to drive change and make their voices heard. The pace of innovation is astounding. Our Cyber Women campaign shines a light on some of the established and emerging leaders, who are role models for us all.

Deirdre Collings, Executive Director, The SecDev Foundation

Barriers Facing Women in Tech

A report last year by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association entitled “The Future Tech Workforce: Breaking Gender Barriers”, found that a lack of mentors and female role models in technology were the two most common barriers faced by women getting into the field. The campaign Cyber Women aims to help address this by raising awareness for some of the great women working in technology, particular up-and-coming leaders.

Cyber Women 2018

Ally Watson & Vanessa Doake

Co-Founders of Code Like a Girl

Anita Borg

Internet pioneer and champion of women in technology

Anne Condon

Award winning Irish-Canadian computer scientist contributing to complexity theory

Anne Kjær Riechert

Founder of the School of Digital Integration

Binta Coudy Dé

Co-Founder of Jigguène Tech

Daphne Caruana Galizia

The journalist behind the Panama Papers

Diana Barran

Founder of SafeLives

ElsaMarie D’Silva

Founder of Safecity

Emily May

Founder of Hollaback and HeartMob

Engy Ghozlan

Co-Founder of HarrassMap

Esta Soler

Founder of Futures Without Violence

Fereshteh Forough

Founder of Code to Inspire

Ire Aderinokun

Nigeria’s first female Google Developer Expert

Jac sm Kee

Co-Founder of Take Back the Tech!

Jennifer Argüello

Champion of women and minorities in technology

Mariana Costa Checa

Co-Founder and CEO of laboratoria

Mary Ann Horton

Usenet and internet pioneer

Matilda Ho

Founder of Yimishiji

Mehvish Mushtaq

Creator Dial Kashmir

Nancy Payne

COO of the PeaceTech Lab

Nancy Schwartzman

Co-Developer of Circle of 6

Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu

Co-Developer of award winning app ELSA

Nnenna Nwakanma

Co-Founder of the African Civil Society for the Information Society

Roya Mahboob

Founder of The Digital Citizen Fund

Radia Perlman

Inventor of the spanning-tree protocol

Rukayat Sadiq

Co-Leader of Ladies in Tech and Lagos Women in Machine Learning & Data Science

Renee Black

Co-Founder of PeaceGeeks

Sarah al-Hourani

SalamaTech digital first responder inside Syria teaching other women how to communicate online safely and effectively

Shelley Taylor

Creator of the Refugee Aid App

Vanessa Hurst

Co-Founder of Girl Develop It

Zeynep Tufekci

A leading techno-sociologist and researcher

Zhong Sheng

Founder of Bottledream

Cyber Women on Twitter

Cyber Women on Facebook

About The SecDev Foundation

The SecDev Foundation wants better digital futures for all. We operate globally – with civil society networks, industry and governments – to help local communities pursue digital opportunity, inclusion and peace. We also work to ensure all of our partners and beneficiaries – especially women and youth – have the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves from digital harm. The SecDev Foundation is a Canada-based NGO with current operational programming in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Eurasian region.

About Cyber Women Portraits

Each of the GIFs celebrating achievements by women in technology were designed using a person’s portrait found online. The portraits were converted into a graffiti style.

An animated gif image asking people who inspires them as an inspirational woman in technology.

Who inspires you?

There are many talented women in the field of technology and one month isn’t enough to celebrate them all. That’s why we are also asking who inspires you? Visit the website to share with us other women who inspire you!

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