Inspiring Fifty, in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and #cocreateSA, started its search to find the most “Inspiring South African Women” working in the different spheres of technology and innovation. In celebration of Women’s Day, we will announce the Inspiring Fifty SA on 9 August. With over 250 women nominated, the first Inspiring Fifty SA has already shown many women are making a difference in STEM in South Africa. For a list of our esteemed judges, please take a look at our Meet the Judges page
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The picture shows UNICEF’s TechnoGirls in South Africa. This initiative identifies high school girls between the ages of 15 and 18 who are from disadvantaged communities (rural and urban), and who are doing well academically. Through a mentorship system, the girls are guided to make informed career choices, with an emphasis on science, technology and engineering. The co-founder of Inspiring Fifty, Janneke Niessen, recently visited the program as part of her supervisory board role of UNICEF Netherlands.