DotConnectAfrica's women in tech digital program, Miss.Africa has announced the winners of the second round of Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The Miss.Africa Seed Fund Competition, which is open to all tech start-ups currently supporting women and girls in STEM, provides a total of $7000 seed funding to aspiring techpreneurs. The 2016/17 competition drew over 200 applications from 24 countries across Africa, all of whom had the opportunity to attend showcase their tech ideas & concepts to match up with the fund criteria. Of the many startups that opted to pitch their ideas, 3 finalist were selected. Cash awards includes $5,000 in seed funding for first-place winner and $1,000 seed fund for the geographic/country category. Abo Coders, Nigeria won the grand prize of Five Thousand Uni
Technology is the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution and women are called the next billion or the third billion after China and India. This is reason enough to not only realize the importance of women’s inclusion in tech or more broadly speaking STEM fields; but also harnessing women’s potential to trigger growth. Comprising half of the population of the world, women’s inclusion leads to sustainable development. In many cases, men are still considered sole breadwinners so preferential treatment is given to them from the start at homes, schools right up to the corporate level. Statistics also show women are not taken seriously by companies as they tend to leave within the first decade of employment. And, when they are employed, more menial jobs are assigned to
Technology sector and the internet can be a great enabler for girls in Africa. However, with the rapid developments in technology, the digital gender divide remains unnoticed as it widens. Changing perceptions and attitudes of every one around the globe is an important part of achieving gender equality in technology. The Miss.Africa, a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase early technology use and adoption, is actively getting involved to address this digital divide. The program has run several initiatives in Africa to equip girls and women with digital skills that enables them survive in the technology sector. As part of its activities, Miss.Africa supports initiatives that encourage women in technology with an annual seed fund progra...
The gender divide is one of the most significant inequalities to be amplified by the digital revolution, and cuts across all social and income groups. According to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST), the presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men. While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. African women have come to a realization that having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress in the technogy sector. This has led to several women in tech campaigns
The gender divide is one of the most significant inequalities to be amplified by the digital revolution, and cuts across all social and income groups. Throughout the world, women face serious challenges that are not only economic but social as well as cultural obstacles that limit or prevent their access to, use of, and benefits from ICTs. The digital gender gap weakens the innovation potential of a society by hindering a large proportion of citizen’s productivity. It is a gender inequality with regard to fewer women having access to the use and impact of information communication and technology. Improved understanding and awareness of these challenges, but most importantly of the opportunities that ICTs could provide for women, are important steps towards bridging the gender dig