The mission of the U.S.’s TechWomen program is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of South African women leaders in ‪#‎science‬, ‪#‎technology,‪#‎engineering‬, and ‪#‎mathematics‬ (‪#‎STEM‬) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.

Baratang Miya is a participant in the program and is currently in ‪#‎SiliconValley‬ for a 6-week mentorship. She will be returning to her native ‪#‎CapeTown‬ at the beginning of November.

Bara is the Project Head for The Barn ‪#‎Khayelitsha‬ at the Cape Innovation Technology Initiative (CiTi), which is an incubator in Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha. On Saturdays, she teaches school girls how to code at Girl-HYPE–a nonprofit organization), an organization she founded 12 years ago.

She says, “‪#‎TechWomen‬ is what it is because of the mentors. Mentoring and encouraging young women will always be at the forefront of my agenda and helping impact women through GirlHYPE … I have already seen the benefits of TechWomen, with this year’s delegation trip to South Africa, and I would like to continue to leverage the relationships I form to make a difference back home.”

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