Regina Honu – An Epitome of Women Empowerment

Regina Honu – An Epitome of Women Empowerment
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Regina Honu, a Ghanaian software developer and social entrepreneur, is one of the few women making strides in technology in Africa. She has advocated for greater engagement of young people in STEM.

Regina Honu

These could be seen when she founded the Soronko Academy and Tech Needs Girls,Ghana. The Soronko Academy is the first coding and human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa. Named by CNN voices as one of the 12 inspirational women who promote STEM, she was also named as one of the 6 women making an impact in technology in Africa. She is raising the next generation of women in technology and is one to watch in emerging economies.

Regina Honu

Her success story has featured on international media platforms such as BBC and Aljazeera as well as the Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This inspirational story was even published in Sheryl Landberg’s “Lean In” where the author examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has come to a standstill, the root causes and then offers compelling solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

She attended Holy Child High school, Cape Coast for Secondary Education and is an alumnus of the prestigious Ashesi University.

She then started Tech Need Girls, Ghana, a movement aimed at training Ghanaian girls in technology related studies.

Regina faced challenges like stereotyping, sexism and discrimination. Nonetheless, she found opportunities through STEM to realise her dreams.

“I am using tech to leave a legacy and empower women and girls to reach their full potential. ”

Regina Honu

Her Tech Needs Girls movement has been blossoming with over 3500 girls in Ghana and  Burkina Faso. And today, mentees of Tech Needs Girls have started companies, foundations and received scholarships to study at Ashesi University.

Regina has had a myriad of awards and achievements, but just to name a few, she is a member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers, and a recipient of the Big Six award from Coca Cola Ghana for her incredible contribution in Technology. After Tech Needs Girls was awarded in the 2014 Ghana CSR Diary Awards, Regina was awarded a Women of Courage Award for Technology.

It marvels me how a young woman has achieved all these and more. Regina Honu is an epitome of women empowerment through her words and deeds and will remain a role model to many African women.

David is a Misongi College Access Program Scholar, currently volunteering at the Red Cross. He is passionate about science and medicine.