“I wasn’t always into tech but I wedged myself into it because of how fast it’s changing,” she says. “I want to do things and see the impact of my work right away, and with tech you can see it right away.”
– Amira Dhalla
By Takara Small – Where are the women? It’s a popular question posed by media, critics and even peers in the technology industry in recent years.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year I decided to highlight three Canadian women working to open doors for the next generation and create more diversity in the field of technology.
The Tech Leader: Amira Dhalla
As a community and campaign manager at Mozilla (the creators of Firefox), Amira Dhalla has spent a considerable amount of time teaching girls, and people of colour, around the world about the engaging opportunities that exist within digital fields.
Recently she’s spent a lot of time teaching lunch workshops to young girls at Nelson Mandela School in Toronto. The school, located in Regent Park, introduces tech fundamentals to students who many not initially see themselves working in the industry.
“Some of these girls don’t have access to computers or cell phones when they get home… tools we take for granted,” she says. “I was so inspired by students in these classes [at Regent Park] who want to learn.”
Before Dhalla began her global learning initiative she worked in Toronto teaching digital literacy to women. She freely admits she wasn’t always interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) but the pace of which the field constantly moves and changes drew her in.
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