Zimba Women - Using Tech To Uplift other Women

Juliet Acom
Posted April 24, 2019 from Uganda
With my budding coder

A few days ago my 11-year-old son walked up to me and asked for a meeting…. If you must know we have these from time to time.

He told me matter of fact that he has changed his mind and no longer harbors the dream of becoming a doctor – of course my face fell, I was worried he might voice his intentions to go to the parliament to join the “Togikwatako”! “Togikwatako”! people like his friend’s dad, just for a few days so as to earn an embarrassing amount of millions in Uganda Shillings – I deduced that how the member of parliament chooses to spend it is entirely up to their conscience. (We had a prior meeting whence this was confided to me).


Back to the agenda of our meeting: “Why have you changed your mind?”, I asked. “I want to become a Coder – Mummy”, came the response.

Now if I hadn’t been a beneficiary of the 2016 Technology for Business Summit by Zimba Women who have since gone on to be nominated the 4th Women Lifting other Women Using Stem (https://www.techjaja.com/women-that-have-lifted-women-in-tech-the-zimba-...)  or taken part in the November 2017 Open Andela Café my next question/statement (with a frown of course) would have been “What is that?!”

In my 4years of running a faith based online outreach program with over 1,200 participants on facebook and whatsapp – had it not been for Zimba Women and Andela, I would never have tried to know who makes it possible. (I am always thankful for the internet but did not stop to think that there is a wonder woman in a certain part of the universe who ensures that an online counseling session goes without a hitch, that I can have little monkey come up on my phone screen with a simple tap when I need it. I just assumed these are enabled by the Grace of God J )


Well, my offspring had my full attention; okay…... He wants to code mostly to create board / video games, emogies and an app that has the current school curriculum so pupils who miss class during the term can keep up with their lessons. (I suspect I may have passed on the disinterest of copying paragraph after paragraph of notes / dictation).


I lauded him on this great move towards career change and preparations are underway to have meetings on how this can best be done though I am most hopeful that our first project will be the family meeting app.

The persons who deserve a standing ovation are the ones who are rooted in Tech but are also generous enough to change their language for the benefit of the lay (WO)man . I went for this summit because I was venturing into a business in which my male counterparts have the upper hand and I was hopeful that my extra knowledge of IT gained from this forum would gently shove me in the right direction, what I found instead, was a new world where Tech is a lifestyle that gives life to dreams and ideas.

I celebrate you!!

This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Dawn Arteaga
Apr 24, 2019
Apr 24, 2019

Congratulations to your son for being smart enough to follow in his wise mom's footsteps! Big hugs to you, Ambassador extraordinaire!

Jill Langhus
Apr 25, 2019
Apr 25, 2019

Hi Juliet,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your inspiring experience with the ICT field. Congrats on your achievements! I think I would go for coder rather than doctor, too:-) Ha.

Hope you're having a good day, and week!

Apr 26, 2019
Apr 26, 2019

Congratulations to your son for the change in career thought and congratulations to you mum for the enabling environment you are providing which makes it easier for him to call these meetings.
He can still be both a Dr and a coder... medicine is getting more and more into the technicals lol.

Thank you for sharing . Wishing you both the very best.

Apr 27, 2019
Apr 27, 2019

Dear Juliet,
Thanks for sharing this your trilling experience with son about your son and his dreams.
Off course all needs hard work. Keep up with it.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
May 08, 2019
May 08, 2019

Hello, Juliet,

I have no idea you already have an 11-year-old. All this time I thought you were single (please consider it as a compliment) because you look young. This made me look up to you more for being a mom and a changemaker. Wow!!! You’re truly inspiring.

I’m happy that your son decides to pursue the tech world. It will be a promising future for esp with you as his mom by his side. Thank you for sharing!

Beth Lacey
Jun 24, 2019
Jun 24, 2019

This is a lovely story

Anita Shrestha
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019

Thank you for sharing