Meet our recent webinar speakers
In recognition and celebration of Women’s Month, we hosted an online webinar to reflect upon how women and women’s issues are engaged in the African tech and civic tech space. Meet the four women who are making significant contributions in the space
James has more than 35 years of consulting experience with a focus on ICTs for Development and Digital Inclusion in Africa — humanitarian assistance, SMEs, education, sustainable livelihoods, policy and strategy development, innovation and environmental management.
James is the co-founder of FEMTECH, a company that mainly focuses on providing technology training and coaching program for female entrepreneurs, especially in developing countries, including Africa. The company offers a comprehensive modular training programme for women entrepreneurs who wish to grow their businesses substantially. It is underpinned by a Train-the-Trainer programme to allow the local capacity building of women trainers. The programme has been implemented in three African countries (Namibia, Tanzania and Mozambique).
During the session, James spoke about how women entrepreneurs can make their enterprises or initiatives “Tech-enabled, and make it work as a business”.
Wako-Ojiwa is a Kenyan political analyst, who serves as the executive director of Siasa Place, a non-profit organisation. Siasa Place is led by young people that engage young Kenyans, educating them about the constitution, governance and electoral processes, through community engagements and social media. Siasa Place aims to create an enabling environment to educate and engage women and youth in power through the constitution and electoral processes in Kenya. Their vision is to influence young people who typically avoid politics and encourage them to reconsider by highlighting the critical relationship between politics and their day to day lives. Nerima is also a columnist with ‘The East African’ and 2018 Obama Leaders Fellow.
During the event, she spoke about how Civic Tech/ tech can be made accessible for differently-abled people.
Aceng is the program officer of Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). WOUGNET is a non-profit organisation that focuses on enhancing the income-generating potential of female entrepreneurs who own small and micro businesses, through the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT). WOUGNET’s vision is a society in which women are empowered through the use of ICTs for sustainable development.
Its mission is to promote and support the use of ICTs by women and women organisations in Uganda so that they can take advantage of the opportunities presented by ICTs in order to address national and local problems of Sustainable National Development effectively. Sandra coordinates the Women ICT Advocacy Group (WIAG), a coalition that advocates for the integration of gender perspectives in ICT policy, and analyses threats to free expression in Africa introduced by regulatory initiatives.
During the event she spoke about M-Omulimisa and other platforms WOUGNET uses to communicate with rural and vulnerable communities, with a specific focus on women especially during COVID-19
Carolyn Seaman is a trained lawyer with over 16 years at the Bar and over a decade’s experience advancing girls’ and women’s rights. She has a rich experience working on various gender projects with several local and international development organisations.
Seaman is from a Nigerian based non-profit organisation called Girls Voices Initiative. Girls Voices Initiative provides a platform that enables girls to share their stories and inspire other girls. It uses digital media to amplify their voices and empower the girls so they can have a positive impact on their communities. Through their initiatives, the organisation has educated 380,000 girls with knowledge of their rights as enshrined in law. The organisation empowers girls to use digital literacy skills, journalistic and advocacy skills to make a positive impact in their communities in Nigeria.
During the event, she spoke about the Girls Voices Initiative which aims to connect, strengthen, and amplify girls’ voices for positive impact in their communities.
Read more about the session in our blog this week
Our next webinar in September will be on Civic Tech for Food Security, more details to follow