Women role in society, not just the Blockchain space has always been a topic of discussion in the media. One could be pardoned for assuming the Blockchain and the cryptocurrency industry is male-dominated field as men are seen to be obvious domination of the technology space in general.
However, women should be recognized and commended as many of them play active roles in improving the adoption of cryptocurrency in mainstream commerce. There is a growing number of notable women making a tangible contribution and actively involved in leading projects in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency sphere.
On this international women’s day, we want to celebrate some of the female players making strides within the Blockchain ecosystem and here is a brief look at some;
Genevieve Leveille, Principal Founder and Chief Executive Officer at AgriLedger (JERSEY)
Genevieve has over 23 years’ experience in Supply Chain Finance and Banking, an expert in digital identity, market risk, liquidity management, treasury and business, and industry transformation. She is a renowned international speaker and has considerable experience in all major international markets. In 2016 Genevieve founded and led a hackathon team in the creation of the AgriLedger concept, a social enterprise project using distributed ledger technology and mobile apps for agricultural producers. Not only does Genevieve bring significant expertise and corporate experience to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency industries, but she’s also a passionate and skilled advocate in utilizing technology solutions for social impact, empowerment, and the greater good.
Lindsay Nuon, Founder, and CEO of Women of Color in Blockchain, Inc. (WCB)
One of the hottest Cybersecurity startups in the industry toping best-of-lists in Information Weekly Dark Reading, SC Magazine and WSJ. She advises startups, mentors and speaks on topics including Cybersecurity, Data privacy, Governance, Risk, and Compliance and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is a proud member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a Certified Ethical Hacker and an Integrated Risk Management strategist. To date, her work has been covered in Al Jazeera, CNBC. Recently she served as a judge for the inaugural One World Award, presented at the Consensys Blockchain for Social Impact Conference at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. WCB along with its partners work to enhance the perspectives represented at conferences, companies, and projects across the Blockchain ecosystem and the tech industry.
Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs
Ella has over 14 years of interdisciplinary experience in venture capital and frontier technologies. She was the youngest investment director of KPCB, one of the most prominent VCs on Sand Hill Road. Ella also co-founded XiaoduoAI, which provides NLP solutions to more than 3,000 clients including Taobao, EMS, Meituan, China Telecom, and JD Finance. Ella holds a B.S.E.E. from UESTC and MBA from Stanford GSB, where she started to believe in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency will “Change lives.
Follow her thoughts on the subject on Twitter
Ruth Iselema, CEO, Bitmama.io
Ruth Iselema is the Co-founder and CEO at Bitmama, a cryptocurrency exchange with the mission to financially empower people by leveraging blockchain technology with fast, simple and easy trading of cryptocurrencies. She is a cryptocurrency enthusiast, trader and early investor with years of experience in Blockchain.
Faith Obafemi, Blockchain Lawyer
Faith Obafemi is a digital lawyer whose practice area revolves around legal tech, cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and smart contracts. As a Founding Partner at Lex Futurus, an international Blockchain law firm, Faith helps her clients illuminate and navigate the crypto dark maze.
Alakanani Itireleng, Founder, Satoshicentre.tech, Botswana
Alakanani Itireleng is one of the first ladies to be behind the bitcoin and Blockchain technology having been fully active since 2013, she is popularly known as the Bitcoinlady of Africa, she is a global Blockchain speaker, an innovator and founder of the Blockchain hub satoshicentre and a startup called Plaas.
Doris Ojuederie, Founder, Blockchain African Ladies
Ojuederie Doris, a Blockchain certified expert, an entrepreneur with expertise on Business Development and strategic marketing and ardent Blockchain lover, have been in the Blockchain space for about 6 years and passionate about educating African women about the Blockchain technology.
Flora Sun, Director at Binance Labs
Prior to joining Binance Labs, Flora Sun was a software engineer in Silicon Valley. She has worked in the telecommunications research group (COMSAT Labs), enterprise software corporations (HP, Oracle, Remend, Bitfone) and several consumer Internet startups. Flora is passionate about using computer science to make a positive impact on people’s lives and has developed technologies that are used by millions. Flora holds SB and MEng degrees in EECS from MIT.
You can find flora on Twitter
Heaven Bereket, Founder bambino foundation, Sweden
Heaven Bereket is a Social Entrepreneur at heart, a female entrepreneur doing business with a purpose. Using an innovative model of funding her start-up through Crypto & Forex trading. With over 5 years of experience of trading, her biggest passion is providing support to local initiatives and working towards financial inclusion.
Eman Herawy, Blockchain Developer, Egypt
Eman Herawy Is an Egyptian Blockchain developer and part of a Blockchain/AI team and currently working on different Blockchain including Ethereum, quorum, Ethereum swarm, hyper ledger fabric domains. Herawy is also mastered in cloud networks.
Happy International Women’s Day! A balanced world is a better world.
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Charles Hoskinson Defends Cardano From those who doubts its future
Charles Hoskinson, creator of blockchain project, Cardano defends the project from critics and people doubts and undermine the prospect of the project.
Cardano is an open source blockchain platform with its native token, the ADA. Cardano is based on peer reviewed research and was created entirely from scratch as opposed to other platforms that are based on the fork of other blockchains.
In a YouTube AMA session, the creator defended the project saying 200 people are currently working on the platform with 100 specifically focused on ADA, the native cryptocurrency of the Cardano blockchain.
Charles talking about people who doubt the future of the project said “I guess some people would like to pay attention to fake news. They would like to pay attention to the latest sycophant or provocateur of the week, and they don’t seem to understand that these are among the most complicated of protocols to implement.”
The Cardano creator was describing the process of development the blockchain and cryptocurrency, said There is no code we can copy, there is no source base to fork from, and we are doing very hard things.
…We are not missing deadlines, the project is going well […] the credentials and qualifications of our engineers are clear, and it’s clear to see the quality of the software, as evidenced by the fact that 13-year old children in Wyoming were able to get stake nodes running on Raspberry Pis”
The co-founder of Ethereum continued saying “..And when you do very hard things based upon science and it’s new occasionally you have issues.”
Defending himself after a viewer questioned him regarding his employment life, Charles quickly replied he had not been fired many times. Instead he took a buyout with Bitshare because he couldn’t work with Dan Larimer.
Commenting on him leaving Ethereum, the co-founder said, there was a decision to go the profit route or remain non-for profit. Others decided the latter and so, he had to leave.
And not him only, others also left and founded their own companies that are currently competing with the second largest blockchain platform by market capitalization, Ethereum.
Telegram Replies SEC, Telegram Blockchain could be Delayed
Telegram Open Network developers has finally responded to the lawsuit filed by the US Security and Exchange Commission SEC against Telegram Inc and its subsidiary.
In a press release dated 11th October, 2019, the SEC filed a suit against TON and Telegram for allegedly carrying out the sale of unregistered securities to 39 citizens of the United States after an investigation led by SEC’s Daphna A. Waxman et al.
The sale which according to SEC saw the firm raises funds from domestic and foreign investors amounting to over $1.7 billion.
The funds were raised to finance the development of the TON Blockchain which will be launched by the 31st of October, 2019 through the sale of the Gram token
SEC revealed Telegram didn’t seek regulatory approval before the sale of its digital tokens thus Telegram sold unregistered securities in clear violation of the provisions in Security Acts of 1933.
Stephanie Avakian, a Co-director in SEC was quoted saying “We alleged that the defendants have failed to provide investors with information regarding the Gram and Telegram’s business operations, financial condition, risk factors and management that the securities laws require.”
Based on letter sent to investors, Telegram Open Network talked about the situation and possible solutions to the issue.
According to the letter shared to U.Today, the developers revealed they have been in communication with the regulator for a year and a half. They also have received feedback on the TON blockchain.
Commenting on the lawsuit by the SEC, they said“We were surprised and disappointed that the SEC chose to file the lawsuit under these circumstances, and we disagree with the sec’s legal position.”
Speaking on the way forward, the letter reports Telegram saying “We are continuing to evaluate the best means by which to resolve the situation in the interests of relevant parties, including but not limited to assessing whether to seek to delay the launch date.”
Telegram was scheduled to launch it’s blockchain by the end of October, 2019. It could be delayed if SEC and TON cannot find a common ground.
SEC Comes After Telegram’s Token Sale Days after Settling with EOS
The Security and Exchange Commission SEC has filed a temporary restraining order against Telegram Inc and it’s blockchain focused subsidiary TON Issuer Inc.
In a press release dated 11th October, 2019, the SEC announced it also filed an emergency action against both organizations.
The action comes days after the SEC settles the block.one’s EOS blockchain project for school $24 million after raising about $4 billion in a token sale that lasted for a year.
In an investigation conducted by Daphna A. Waxnan, Morgan B. Ward Doran and John O. Enright of the SEC’s Cyber Unit, the action is based on an alleged sale of unregistered, ongoing digital tokens offered to citizens of the United States and overseas which has raised over 1.7 billion dollars.
In January 2018, Telegram commenced it’s token sale to fund the development of its blockchain project, the Telegram Open Network TON which will have its own native cryptocurrency, the GRAM.
Based on the PR by SEC, Telegram and its subsidiary sold about 2.9 billion gram tokens to investors from all over the world.
The sale was made amongst others globally to 39 United States investors with the promise to deliver in the development of the product, the TON Blockchain by the end of the first month of the fourth quarter of 2019.
At the launch, investors held the promise that the gram token will then be available for purchasers on cryotocurrency exchanges.
The complaint was that Telegram didn’t seek regulatory approval before the sale of its digital tokens thus Telegram it’s and the subsidiary sold unregistered securities; in clear violation of the provisions in Security Acts of 1933, reported SEC.
According to Co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian, the emergency action is to prevent the ‘flooding’ of the United States market with illegally sold digital assets.
She was quoted saying, “We allege that the defendants have failed to provide investors with information regarding Grams and Telegram’s business operations, financial condition, risk factors and management that the securities laws require.”
Another SEC Co-director Steven Peiken said “Telegram seeks to obtain the benefits if s public offering without complying with the long-established disclosure responsibilities designed to protect the investing public.”
Telegram nor its subsidiary has released a response to the action as at Press time.
First of its Kind in Africa: SisiPower to Empower the ‘African Sisi’ with $1m Entrepreneurial Grants and 150m Anion Sanitary Pads to women and the less privileged girl-child in Africa
Sisipower is committed to positioning the African sisi and equipping HER with one of the most trending innovative skills and technology, which is blockchain.
Sanitary pads which is supposed to be readily available and affordable to every girl or young woman in Africa is not. Though we have some sanitary pad brands in the market, it’s just that many of these girls and women can’t afford to buy and use them for their monthly menstrual circle. In order to get these pads, these young women find themselves in despicable situations where they are forced to have sex with the chemist or shop keepers who sells these items. They are also exposed to having sex with any available male in exchange for sanitary pad. So sad that girls have to sell their dignity just to get a paltry sum of money to care for their monthly period.
It is also not new as research shows that many girls especially in public secondary schools miss class during their menstrual period. They do this as a result of the fear of being shamed by boys and girls alike for the blood stains that reflects at the back of their skirts. Not only that, some of these girls, if at all they try to come, end up using unhygienic materials like dirty clothes or tissue papers. And while they are away from school they miss out on academic lessons which affect their overall academic performance and deny them of better future prospects.
A look at our female prisons wards, tales of woes, agony and pains as another worrisome situation is brewing there. In the prisons, we have a situation where about five female inmates have to share one sanitary pad. Thus exposing them to all manners of highly contagious disease and infection.
Some of these girls and women when interviewed say, “we can’t afford to eat three square meals how much more buy a sanitary pad.”
In putting an end to this problem which have skipped the eyes of many, BEEP Foundation, a concerned non-governmental organization launches SISI POWER, a campaign to empower indigent women and girls with 1 million Dollars and 150 million sanitary pads across Africa, though starting from Nigeria.
This cash will be given as business grants to indigent women, after proper training. Also, they shall be mentored by successful business women and the foundation to ensure they make better use of the grants given to them.
For girls, they shall have access to free monthly sanitary pad and access to Blockchain Technology, ICT and life skills training which makes it possible for them not to sell themselves short just for sanitary pads. They will be trained in the following areas; Coding, Mobile App Development, Animation, Digital Marketing, Graphic Designs and other relevant courses that ensure for their self-sustenance, productivity.
With this innovative gesture, BEEP Foundation through the launch of Sisi Power has placed itself at the forefront of poverty eradication, entrepreneurial empowerment of Girls and Women in Africa.
The narrative has to change , Sisipower is committed to positioning the African sisi and equipping HER with one of the most trending innovative skills and technology, which is blockchain. SisiPower leads the way in its application of blockchain technology by enabling acceptance of donations in BMCTokens and made provision for acceptance of a smart contract shared Master-Node Equity reward on the blockchain to support and sustain the vision and mission of sisipower.
Sisi Power is an initiative of Beep Foundation, a foundation geared at providing empowerment and innovative development in Africa.
A few members of the executive team were unveiled at the event.
This launch happened on Saturday, 28th September, 2019, at 10:00am at the ZAAZ Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos.
Find Photos of the event here
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