It is an exciting and important time to be delivering this project. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to expansion in sectors such as telecommunications and a booming film industry. And yet, despite this, a significant gender gap in economic activity persists.
I'm a senior software engineer. I've been doing this job now for sixteen years. Most of the time when I'm at work, I'm not thinking about the gender of myself or my colleagues. I don't think "Ugh! It's a man!" every time I sit down next to one of them. I also don't think "Ooooh! A man!" I don't even think, "Hmmm, another one of those man-people."
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, we brought together more than thirty fashion designers, leading journalists and CEOs of major brands, retailers and manufacturers at the UK Houses of Parliament to discuss how sustainability can be taken to scale in the fashion and textiles industry and how the new Mysource.io platform will make that possible.
Throughout my ten years of working in fashion and sustainability, I've seen some incredibly inspiring things. There are thousands of professionals and businesses changing the way business is done, and creating products that have a positive impact. I've seen some of our industry's most creative minds tackle the challenge of sustainability and come up with gems.
I've just finished watching the second and final episode of BBC's Girls Can Code and I have to admit I found it fascinating - although not for the reasons I'd expected. From the title I'd assumed this would be a look at 'coding' whereas in fact it was more about inspiring women to consider careers in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. Something I wholeheartedly support.
It's the reality that when people picture a successful entrepreneur that can build and scale a business, they picture a man. It's also the reality that women themselves often assume certain things are not achievable or possible. A British documentary maker summarised this perfectly: "If she does not see it, she can't be it."