WE EMPOWER ZIMBABWEAN GIRLS
We are an organic, on-the-ground effort by local Python developers in the Harare. Our aim is to advance the cause of women in tech in Zimbabwe.
We work in community centers, universities, high schools and tech hubs to make programming accessible to girls regardless of their socio-economic status or past experience with computers.
Meet The Team
Marlene Mhangami is the co-founder of Purple Lipstick a Zimbabwean non-profit organization that empowers young women to achieve their goals. She is also the first African to sit on the board of the Python Software Foundation. She has worked with young women in tech through the Code Purple program in Harare and with non-profits both locally and abroad. In her spare time she enjoys reading and learning anything new.
Tendai is an Cyber-Security professional with significant experience and expertise in areas of Digital Forensics, Penetration Testing, and Python programming. He currently lectures at the Harare Institute of Technology and oversees the Python club at the university. He is a family man and loves traveling and experiencing different cultures.
Ronald Maravanyika is a Python developer and engineer, specializing in microcontollers. He is a founding member of Python Zimbabwe and was instrumental in bringing the first Django Girls workshops to the country. Ron's hobbies include learning about new technology and gaming with friends
Mentorship Program Director
Mike Place is a Python developer and the director of engineering at the SaltStack project -- one of the largest Python-based open-source projects in the world. He is based in Salt Lake City, Utah USA. When he's not writing code, he enjoys skiing and running in the mountains around his home
Graphic Design and Branding
Vuyi Chaza is a graphic designer and digital media consultant who runs her own company in Zimbabwe. She is passionate about seeing women empower themselves by using technology to their advantage and changing the lives of people around them. She loves watching cartoons and video games.
In Zimbabwe LESS than 1 in 5 students enrolled in Computer Science programs at university level are women or girls. In the developing world women account for less than 20% of ICT specialists. We want to change that by giving girls the tools to enter the tech world confidently.
You too could help us in our work
We facilitate life-changing experiences through our mentorship programmes, coding clubs and social impact efforts. Through our partnerships and programmes we are able to offer young women the opportunity to gain valuble skills to change the world around them. Find out how you can help us in our efforts.