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No code for marginalized communities - No Code Conf 2019

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Tlamelo Cindy Melemo, President, WoTech Botswana

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No code for marginalized communities - No Code Conf 2019

  1. 1. Nocodeconference 1 N O C O D E F O R M A R G N A L I Z E D C O M M U N I T I E S T l a m e l o C i n d y M e l e m o
  2. 2. Nocodeconference 2 No code for Marginalized Communities P r e s e n t e d b y T l a m e l o C i n d y M e l e m o f r o m B o t s w a n a ( A f r i c a ) This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC
  3. 3. Nocodeconference 3 • Tlamelo Cindy Melemo- You can call me Cindy • I am from a country in Africa called Botswana in the Southern region of Africa next to South Africa. • I currently work for UNICEF as a Technology for Development officer in the Rwanda Country office. • I am a founder of an Non profit called WoTech Botswana (women in technology) • I also run 2 startups • I am a social activist and a techy at heart. Introduction
  4. 4. Nocodeconference 4 Who are Marginalized communities?
  5. 5. Nocodeconference 5 Introduction of Marginalized communities • According to the Kenya Talk website “A marginalized community is a group that's confined to the lower or peripheral edge of the society. Such a group is denied involvement in mainstream economic, political, cultural and social activities.” • Examples of marginalized communities are 1. Women 2. People living with disabilities 3. LGBTQI community 4. People living in poverty 5. Racial/Cultural minorities 6. Refugees 5
  6. 6. Nocodeconference 6 • From Youtube uploaded by Rose Asahara Marginalized communities
  7. 7. Nocodeconference 7 An Ideal community inclusive of the marginalized communities • What would your ideal team be that is inclusive? • How many women are there in your company? How many of these women hold leadership positions? • How many people do you have in your team that are part of the LGBTQI community? • How many disabled people do you have in your company?
  8. 8. Nocodeconference 8 • An ideal inclusive community is one that does not suppress nor inhibit a certain group of people from participating politically, socially and economically without any prejudice or stereotype associated. • An ideal inclusive community is one where ones status, gender, background, ability, race, age, weight or appearance does not influence their role in society. An Ideal community inclusive of the marginalized communities
  9. 9. Nocodeconference 9 How to be inclusive of Marginalized communities
  10. 10. Nocodeconference 10 • When doing your research for your product insure you have a representatives from different marginalized communities. • Visit NGO’s, shelters and other facilities during each product development stage. • Test your solutions with marginalized communities • Once your product has been deployed and is in use, ensure for each upgrade you include the voice of the marginalized. Including marginalized communities during product development process
  11. 11. Nocodeconference 11 • DURING MARKET RESEARCHES, SEEK OUT MARGINALIZED VOICES AND PERSPECTIVES • Often market researches focus on markets that are most likely to be profitable and sideline communities that are marginalized. BEING PROACTIVE ABOUT INCLUSION IN DAILY LIFE ACTIVITIES Inclusion begins in our daily lives. If we learn to be inclusive to marginalized communities it eventually speaks to larger communities.
  12. 12. Nocodeconference 12 • PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTORS AND CIVIL SOCIETIES Often market researches focus on markets that are most likely to be profitable and sideline communities that are marginalized. The civil society plays a vital role in bridging the gap between the community and the private sector and if the relationship between the private sector and civil societies is used effectively, better results can be achieved. BE WILLING TO ACCEPT CORRECTION We need to listen to correction and be willing to accept it in regards to being inclusive of marginalized communities.
  13. 13. Nocodeconference 13 • DONATIONS TO BRIDGE THE PARITY BETWEEN THE COMMUNITIES We need to make donations to the involvement and participation of marginalized communities. Sponsor a hub, maintain an NGO, give away free laptops and deploy your products in a rural village. PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE SECTORS We need to encourage partnerships between the private sector and governments to help bridge the parity between communities in regards to marginalized communities
  14. 14. Nocodeconference 14 CONCLUSION • Why is it important to include marginalized communities 1. To fulfill corporate social responsibilities 2. For more profit 3. To boost your brand visibility • 2 steps you can take to be inclusive of marginalized communities 1. Partner and support an NGO 2. Practice inclusion in your day to day activities
  15. 15. Nocodeconference 15 INCLUDE THE MAGINALIZED 15
  16. 16. Nocodeconference 16 T H A N K YO U Research links https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1559/152304098782594580 https://www.unicefirc.org /publications/pdf/IRB_2017_06_Adol04.pdf

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