A growing number of programs support young African women interested in technology
Old perspectives are giving way to the reality that girls and women can realize great potential from ICTs. In honor of International Day of the Girl, we’ve decided to highlight recent programs that support young African women interested in technology. The African ICT space is still dominated by males, but that is rapidly changing thanks to the efforts of dozens of organizations and people. Girls in need of tech-inclined role models are now able to find them in most large African cities.
Today, at least two Day of the Girl events in Africa (Algeria and South Africa) will focus on the role of technology. Many others will discuss the importance of a fair education. In fact, there will be nearly 100 events across Africa:
Within the past year we’ve noted the following initiatives to encourage African girls’ participation in tech:
- Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia: TechGirls initiative empowering girls through technology
- DR Congo: Girls in ICT Day: Young women and internet in Goma
- Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland: International Girls in ICT Day celebrated
- Ghana: Girls in ICT programme launched in Accra
- Ghana: NCR commends Ghanaian women, girls in telecom/ICT sector
- Kenya: AkiraChix startup company offers girls technology training and experience
- Namibia: Microsoft holds ICT day for girls
- Nigeria: Internet Society to extend Cisco Networking Academy to entire school of 700 girls
- Zambia: ZICTA pledge commitment to advancement of girls, women
- Multiple: Women’s Tech Organisations in Africa: A must-see crowdmap listing dozens of businesses, activities, and projects involving women
Please add any initiatives we missed in the comments.