Tech4Dev Launches Empowerment Scheme for Women

By Sodeinde Temidayo David

Tech4Dev, a non-profit social enterprise working to provide access to decent work for Africans through digital and technology skills empowerment and advocacy, has announced the launch of the #IAmAWomanTechster Campaign with an Art Exhibition held last Sunday.

This was in a bid to achieve the goal of impacting women across through the Women Techsters initiative.

The Women Techsters Initiative is an initiative of Tech4Dev in partnership with Microsoft aimed at bridging the digital divide between men and women in the technology ecosystem by empowering five million women across Africa with digital and deep tech skills by 2030.

The co-founder and Director of Partnerships and Sustainability at Tech4Dev, Mr Joel Ogunsola, noted that the I Am a Woman Techsters Campaign will be a yearly campaign advocating for gender inclusion within the technology ecosystem.

All conversations around the campaign can be followed using the #IAmAWomanTechster hashtag, he stated.

The #IAmAWomanTechster Campaign was born out of the need to advocate for and inspire more women to consider technology careers, celebrate women who have built careers in these fields to serve as a model for other women, and possibly provide guidance to the next crop of women through their career journeys, he added.

To launch the Campaign, Tech4Dev called for visual artists to share artworks celebrating women and women in technology and STEM fields.

Out of 43 entries submitted, 16 finalists were chosen, with three of them emerging as winners of the competition to go home with $500 each.

The Women Techsters initiative is currently being delivered across five African countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Egypt, and is set to reach 10,000 women by the end of 2021.

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