The Voices in The Shadow Project

Why is this project so important?

The under-representation of great Black women leaves Black women and young Black girls to accomplish their goals without role models or confidence. Therefore, an increase in representation is imperative to raise inspiration. Also, new research suggests that more than half of the UK workforce lack essential digital skills needed for work, raising fears that the country is heading toward a digital skills shortage as employers begin ramping up their post-pandemic recruitment efforts.

‘The Voices in the Shadow’ showcases the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK and beyond who impacted the tech industry. In turn, it gives Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.

Brands who supported us

Words From The Founder of GTA Black Women in Tech :

“I grew up without seeing any aspirational black women despite my mother. Moving to London, I saw more successful black people than I ever saw in Paris. My ambition was elevated. We often only believe in what we see. Without improving representation, the less fortunate are often the ones left with limited aspirations. So, I decided to create this book to revive hope. The Voices In The Shadow illuminates the voices of under-represented talented black women, so we can impact the present and the next generations.”

Words From The Digital & Culture Minister:

“It’s important children know they can do anything in life, and books like Voices in the Shadows can help them discover new role models and inspire them to aim for the stars.”

“We are committed to working with the industry to create a more diverse tech sector which is positive for society, makes good business sense and helps ensure tech works for everyone.”

Volume 3

After the success of volumes 1 and 2, we designed a new creative book for volume 3. 51 new black women’s stories are part of the hard copy. Still, we will continuously extend the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story comes with an interactive section, a journal, and career advice for non-tech and tech roles. ‘The Voices in the Shadow’ volume 3 will again showcase the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK, Ireland and the world who impacted the tech industry.

The Event

Our Festival was dedicated to supporting, connecting, and celebrating Black women who thrived in Tech, wanted to thrive in Tech, and become a successful Entrepreneur.

This year gave you the keys to elevating your success, inspiring you, helping you grow in your tech career or as an entrepreneur, and making new connections. Throughout the day, you got plenty of opportunities to learn new strategies, connect, unleash new opportunities, and network with brands, our speakers, and other delegates.

Throughout the day, you learned new strategies, unleashed new opportunities, and networked with our sponsors, our speakers, and other delegates. Our festival was open to all levels, genders, and ethnicities, but our stage was led by Black female excellence.

The first interactive History Map

Volume 3 of “The Voices In The Shadow” book proudly partnered with United Nations Women to bring untold stories of Black Women to a global audience. Through a pioneering approach that merged the written word, visual arts, and multimedia technology, we aimed to create an immersive experience that captivated readers and viewers alike. This collaboration with United Nations Women ensured that these stories reached diverse audiences worldwide, promoting awareness and understanding of the experiences of Black Women who had been silenced throughout history. Together, we celebrated and amplified their voices, contributing to the ongoing pursuit of equality and justice for all.

Volume 2

After the success of volumes 1 and 2, we designed a new creative book for volume 3. 51 new black women’s stories are part of the hard copy. Still, we will continuously extend the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story comes with an interactive section, a journal, and career advice for non-tech and tech roles. ‘The Voices in the Shadow’ volume 3 will again showcase the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK, Ireland and the world who impacted the tech industry.

The Event

On the 27th of October, we held our Voices in the Shadow Festival to celebrate the release of Volume 2 of our Book. The day covered four main Pillars: Pillar 1: Career Growth, Pillar 2: Web 3.0, NFT, Metaverse, Fintech, Pillar 3: Raising your profile and Pillar 4: Entrepreneurship, Investment & Bootstrapping. The festival featured panels with speakers from our book as well as stalls held by our sponsors. The day was an amazing celebration of Black women in Tech and all that we have and continue to achieve.

Redefining beauty and worth: dark skin discrimination and colourism

Dark-skinned Black women have been affected by prejudice and discrimination in the media, at work, and the rest of the world.

We hosted a private black-tie event on the 23rd of June 2022 with prestigious guests for the presentation of the art collection designed for The Voices In The Shadow Volume 2.

The collection presented Black women’s unique beauty that transcends the shadow of their melanin. The acquisition of our artwork continued to contribute to the creation, production and distribution of The Voices In The Shadow Volume books to schools for FREE.

Volume 1

We designed a creative book. 51 stories were part of the hard copy, but we continuously extended the number of featured stories in the digital version. Each story came with an interactive section, a journal, and career advice for non-tech and tech roles.

We had already distributed 300 copies for FREE to 300 schools across the UK and Ireland.

The Event

For Black History Month, our book launch event took place on the 28th of October 2021. We had a series of fireside chats with our sponsors and women from the book sharing their journeys, guidance, and so much more.

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