2016, July – the African Union called for governments and citizens across Africa to move faster to implement policies and laws that promote equality, through the empowerment of women.
Two years on we are bringing the Women4Tech programme to Kigali to measure the progress since this call to action and help to achieve equality.
The GSMA developed the Women4Tech programme to address gender diversity in the mobile industry. It is designed to increase female leadership in the digital age and supports UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Empowering – Equality | Career Development
Integrating gender equality into the mainstream of our work environments. Gender diversity is vital to any workplace. Not just as a commendable goal; it also makes bottom-line business sense.
Encouraging – Mentorship | Education & Youth
Educating our youth and providing inspiring role models, thought leaders and career mentoring relationships. How do we engage with young women and encourage them to pursue education and careers in STEM subjects?
Transforming – Communication | Business Verticals
Women transforming technology is at the crossroads of marketing and technology. Diverse teams make better decisions and mirror the societies they build for and communicate with.
Innovating – Entrepreneurship | Startups
Achieving greater diversity in investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. What many Investors and VCs may not realise is that female-led firms may have a higher rate of return on average than male-led ones.
Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi, AVP, Push Payments, Ecobank Group
Claudette Irere, Director General, Ministry of Information Technology & Communications (MiTEC)
Amma Aboagye, Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Advisor, USAID West Africa
Dr Shikoh Gitau, Head of Products, Innovation, Safaricom Limited