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
Despite worldwide endeavours, the global Internet user gender gap widened from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, with the gap highest in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (31%) and Africa (23%). Moreover, Internet penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions of the world. This is according to a report from The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, co-chaired by the GSMA and UNESCO. The report also sets recommendations to address the barriers women face in access and use of the internet. The report highlights key action areas for different types of stakeholders as part of the group's efforts to ensure that all women and girls can fully participate in the online world. Structural inequalities remain and impede women’s
Technological gaps will keep on growing between developed and developing countries as long as new approaches are not adopted in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in training institutions. In line with this, the Miss.Africa Program initiative sets the bar high by training female trainees in mobile coding program to better their future in the male dominated IT sector. The trainees are able to get life skills mentoring, experience-sharing with STEM experts, Coding skills, and industry exposure. The girls trained usually have many positive comments at the end of each event on the change of perception in Stem careers. This initiative which emphasizes on the importance of technology in enhancing collaboration in future is among the many voices find