Celebrating Women of the World with Amanda Obidike
Meet Amanda Obidike, Founder of STEM-i Makers Africa and a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science. As part of the ChangeMaker’s Global Voices Series, she spoke Diane Greer of ChangeMakers Donegal ahead of International Women’s Day 2023. This year’s themes are Equity and Innovation.
In this 10-minute interview, Amanda talks about her work in Africa, to connect young women to role models and the world of STEM. She offers advice ‘to the women of the world’, to embrace collaboration in all spheres of life. She shares the saying: ‘when you empower women, the woman empowers her community’.
A message of empowerment from Nigeria to Donegal
Amanda sent a special message to the women of Donegal. Because the theme for IWD 2023 is equity and innovation, we introduced Amanda to Donegal women at an International Women’s Day event hosted by our main partner, Inishowen Development Partnership and Women’s Collective Ireland-Donegal. The event celebrated women ‘just like you’ and saw local women nominate someone inspiration from their lives. Amanda encouraged women to be free to dream and excel and to embrace learning amongst their peers. This chimes very well with the adult global citizenship education of ChangeMakers Donegal. She finishes her message with a call to arms to ‘stand together in the embrace equity hug’.
About Amanda Obidike
Amanda Obidike is the founder of STEMi Makers Africa, an organization addressing the underrepresentation of young women and girls in STEM and the fragmented education system by training teachers and students in STEM Education. Amanda is a key champion for championing diversity in technology and innovation for women and has been recognised for her work with a number of prestigious global awards.
She is also an international speaker and a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1 million Women in Tech, and Global thinkers for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and Trustee Board of the MAI Foundation.