Maletsabisa Tšabi Molapo

Maletsabisa Tšabi Molapo is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), specialising in ICT for Development. Her interests include the use of ICTs in health education, User Experience Design, and Web/Internet Science. Her current research focuses on low literacy users’ access to educational content, the web and other ICT services. She holds a B.Eng degree in Computer Systems and Networks from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), and an M.Sc in Computer Science from UCT, obtained as a Mandela Rhodes scholar and a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar.  She is passionate about exploring the ways in which ICTs can be used to empower communities (especially women and youth). To this end, she led the team that founded Her Chance to Be Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is committed in improving the lives of women and girl children in Lesotho, focusing on education, health, livelihood and access to technology. Tśabi also co-founded “Women in Technology Lesotho,” a community of women in computing in Lesotho. In 2013, she worked as an intern under the GNOME Outreach Program, and researched User Experience aspects of designing and developing open source tools for circumventing surveillance and censorship online.

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