Trailbazing Women: Virginie Uwimana, Namibia Flying Labs
This week on Trailblazing Women, Women and Drones Africa Chapter’s weekly interaction with African female drone industry players, Louise chats with Virginie Uwimana, founder of Namibian drone services company Kanie and Assistant Coordinator at Namibia Flying Labs.
To commemorate International Women’s Day this year, Virginie showed her passion for women’s advancement in the science field with the following declaration:
“It’s not always easy for girls to pursue a career in STEM when there are no local role models, to not only show them that they can but also how to do it. It’s so easy to get lost in the age-old stereotypes that certain fields are meant for men, especially when role models show up for one event once a year but the stereotypes remain for the rest of the 364 days.
“Growing up, my father spent so much time exploring with me and teaching me science that he paved the way and sparked my interest in engineering long before I knew the word existed. For this reason, I am actively involved in showing girls various career options and the road they need to follow in order to achieving their goals.
“My involvement includes, exposing primary school girls to prospects in agriculture, redistributing textbooks to schools in need, as well as organising youth programs and camps. However, I cannot do this alone; I am a member of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Namibia Chapter and Namibia Flying Labs where I have been blessed to work with so many amazing women and men who share a similar passion.”
You can learn more about Virginie in the conversation she had with Louise, which includes how she found herself involved with drone technology in her country, and where she thinks the industry is going.