Ever since she was eight years old, Juma Baldeh dreamt big. She wanted to become a successful woman and knew that the road to success was built on courage, academics, and the love of learning new things.
After completing her BSc in Information Systems at the University of The Gambia, Juma became a product engineer at a Gambian software development company and is currently country manager for KUBO (IT school platform) at the Swallow Centre for Emancipating Education. Determined to break gender stereotypes and encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Juma founded HackathonGirls in 2016. HackathonGirls is helping to build the next generation of Gambian women in technology by offering mentorship in web literacy for young girls aged 8 to 18.
In 2017, the Internet Society selected Juma as one of the 25 under 25 doing amazing things with the Internet. Juma was also selected by UNICEF Africa for her tremendous work as a change maker and featured her on their website. Juma has achieved a lot in a short while and believes if girls work together extraordinary things can be done in the Gambia.