Updated Apr 13, 2021

Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative

www.tech4dev.com

Diwura Oladepo

Women Techsters Initiative - Empowering 5,000,000 women across Africa with digital and tech skills by 2030

The Women Techsters Initiative is an experiential learning program that provides digital and deep tech skills training, job matching and entrepreneurship acceleration to women ages 16-40 across Africa with the aim to provide economic prosperity and financial freedom to 5 million girls and women over the next 10years, effectively bridging the gender divide within the technology ecosystem. The ...
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The Women Techsters Initiative is an experiential learning program that provides digital and deep tech skills training, job matching and entrepreneurship acceleration to women ages 16-40 across Africa with the aim to provide economic prosperity and financial freedom to 5 million girls and women over the next 10years, effectively bridging the gender divide within the technology ecosystem. The Women Techsters Initiative has 5 learning and career tracks – Software Development, Product Management, Product Design, Data Science and AI, and Cybersecurity; in line with global job opportunities and skill demand. These learning tracks are preceded by basic digital literacy training.
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Stage 5: Scaling

We have successfully trained 3702 girls and women across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Egypt on digital skills through the Women Techsters Initiative.
Registered in Nigeria as Non-Profitin Nigeria as Non-Profit

Focus Areas:

Gender, Youth, Technology and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Gender, Youth, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP)SEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa and NigeriaSEE LESS

2,545
Lives Impacted to Date
3
Key Partners
5
Countries Implemented In
17
Employees
$500,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

According to the e-Conomy Africa 2020 report, the ratio of men to women in the African technology industry is 80 to 20, with the underrepresentation of women having far reaching effects on Africa's poverty rate. According to the 2018 report of the World Economic Forum, empowering women to participate equally in the global economy could add $28 trillion in GDP growth by 2025. Ultimately, we seek to aid the rise of economically empowered African women through successful digital careers.

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Solution

The Women Techsters initiative is focused on bridging the gender gap between men and women in the technology space. By 2030, the initiative seeks to enable 5,000,000 women across Africa with digital and tech skills that will equip them to drive social and innovative change within their communities by providing access to decent jobs (full-time jobs and remote jobs within the gig economy), and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Target Beneficiaries

The Women Techsters initiative is focused on serving girls and women between the ages of 16 to 40 across Africa.

Mission and Vision

To build the largest community of financially independent women coders and engineers in Africa.

Competitive Advantage

Over 5 million girls and women across Africa, between ages 16-40 years will be empowered with digital skills through with internship and incubation opportunities to harness and develop their career and business ideas over a 10 year period. We are also very intentional about ensuring that through the program, the girls and women develop solutions using technology to address one key social issue within their communities. This will foster ownership of tech-driven startups run/owned by women. Our unique solution is intentional towards ensuring that 15% of the beneficiaries go on to study technology related courses, 60% get access to decent technology focused jobs and the remaining 25% build and run tech enabled or deep tech startups.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Within the first year of implementation, our goal is to deploy the Women Techsters training in 5 countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, and South Africa to train 10,000 girls and women aged 16 to 40 years with digital literacy skills. Also, within this time, we will recruit local project managers who will take responsibility for the initiative within their local jurisdiction. Our estimated indirect impact is estimated at 50,000 people across the 5 countries.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000,000
New Implemented CountriesGhana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our executive team has a cumulative work experience of 15 years in the African tech ecosystem. Diwura, our Executive Director has a Master of Advanced Management from Yale School of Management and an MBA from Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, she is passionate about a world of no poverty. Joel, our Director of Partnerships and Sustainability has a strong passion for sustainable development, access to skills & opportunities for young people, technology, and social entrepreneurship.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2021
Key Partnership
 
as part of
 Women Techsters Initiative
Jan 2021
New Country Implemented In
Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa
Dec 2016
In The News
 
as part of
 Code4Impact
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria

Supporting Materials

Nigerian-Women-Techsters-Cohort-1-Brochure-orientation-null.pdf
Women-Techsters-Brochure-2-orientation-null.pdf