Thursday, August 10, 2017

How London's tech industry is striving for inclusivity - CBC

by Hala Ghonaim,
Originally published: August 9, 2017

Fatima Khalid remembers facing many painful challenges as a Pakistani-Muslim woman living in New York City post-9/11.

"When I went to college, I was a little bit afraid about wearing the hijab and also being in computer science," said Khalid, who moved to London a year ago upon graduation to work as a web developer. "Whenever I walked into a classroom, I was either the only girl or the only hijabi."

Khalid said she felt pressured to prove her skills to her classmates in order to survive in an industry where women and minority groups are often under represented.