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Africa: Women Demand Access to New Technologies and Decision-Making

Smart phones, IPads, tablets and cameras are the ‘must have' gadgets at the Global Forum on Media and Gender (GFMG), currently underway in Bangkok. These powerful devices allow for instantaneous communication and dissemination at the mere tap of a finger. But to what degree do these New Information Communication Technologies (NICTs) empower women?

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Women continue to add value to the technology workplace

South Africa has grown in leaps and bounds with regard to further inclusion of women in the workplace. In an international study conducted by Pepperdine University, it was reported that women in top positions in industry average higher levels of productivity and profitability.

In an article written by Forbes online contributor Glen Llopis, women see opportunity in everything and everyone; they are masters of navigation and putting their ideas to the test; they are specialists at cultivating relationships that are purposeful, genuine and meaningful; and they seek to give to others but also to their communities.

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ITNEWSAfrica: Do women need to act like men to make it in ICT?

At the 3rd Annual Wired Women Conference, entitled Leadership & Innovation in the Digital Economy, hosted by Qualitylife in Johannesburg on 15 October, speakers raised several issues related to innovation and leadership, such as African women and the youth taking on the role as ‘agents of change’ through technology and innovation, creating a culture of innovation, technology being used to improve customer experience and the relevance of social media to leadership.

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RSVP Now for Africa Gathering London on June 21-22

Africa Gathering celebrates its fifth anniversary with a conference showcasing the role of African women in the technology sector in Africa, hosted by the BBC Africa Team. We will investigate ideas that have emerged in recent times across the continent and discuss the challenges still present around funding and investment.

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'ICT vital in women’s empowerment'

According to an article published on SciDev Net, Information and communications technology (ICT) is now an indispensible tool in empowering women, an international conference heard.
Participants from 21 countries attending the three-day conference, held this month (1-3 June) in Solan in Himachal Pradesh state, were satisfied by the rapid progress of ICT initiatives, but equally concerned at the many divides.

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These Women Are Making Waves in Tech's Emerging Markets

Do emerging tech hubs offer opportunities for women that Silicon Valley failed to deliver in recent decades? Can hubs such as Moscow, London, New York and even Nairobi offer women a level playing field of opportunities?

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What Women are doing with Technology for Development in Nigeria

According to an article published on Techtrendsng , meeting young girls who are aspiring software developers in Nigeria creates special excitement because globally Technology-based profession or career is mostly dominated by men. There are very few women who will readily take up professions in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and related endeavors but the interesting thing is that when they do take up such opportunity, they succeed and become relevant. In Africa and Nigeria for example where the number of women who are in Technology- focused professions are few ,education, awareness, training are required to improve the situation and make more women understand what they can do with technology in this age and time.

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Africa: Experts Weekly - Africa's Leading Women

An interesting analysis featured in Think Africa Press presents a number of experts on the role of women in Africa whether individuals such as Dlamini-Zuma and other powerful women in politics and business across Africa represent an exceptional elite or reflect the growing participation of women in African societies more broadly.

Never before have women held so many positions of political leadership in Africa. But how does this reflect broader social and political developments on the continent?

The role of African women in conspicuous positions of power has become increasingly prevalent. Africa saw its first female head of state in 2006 when Ellen Sirleaf Johnson assumed office as president of Liberia. This was matched by Joyce Banda in Malawi last year. And last month, the African Union held its first summit with a female chairperson - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

But what consequences will this have for African politics and society as a whole?

The opinion of Letty Chiwara, Chief of Africa Section, UN Women is expressed below:

Africa has come of age. And 2013 will be a landmark year: it is the 50th Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, now the Africa Union; it is a year Africa celebrates progress in liberating Africa from colonialism; it is the first year the African Union Commission is being headed by a woman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

It is also a year that Africa has to consolidate gains of the past 50 years while at the same time recognising the challenges that still remain, and carve out a vision and agenda for the next 50 years. Women have been instrumental in achieving the goals of liberating the continent from the shackles of colonialism.

As African leaders met in Addis Ababa for the 20th Ordinary Summit of the Africa Union under the theme "Pan Africanism and African Renaissance", speaker after speaker shared their optimism for the potential growth of the Africa, and that the continent is ready to once more unite and collectively work together for a prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa - with women continuing to take centre stage in shaping the vision for the continent.

The analysis presents also:

  • Tola Onigbanjo, CEO/Founder, Women4Africa
  • Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Responses are all from members of organisations under the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR)

 

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African women to watch in 2013: give your nomination!

Which African women inspire you the most? Whose career have you been watching with approval and excitement?
Guardian African Network asks its readers to nominate the woman from the continent who they feel should be celebrated for her achievements and it puts together a list of the top 25 African women to watch.

So would you like to help them draw their shortlist?
If yes, you need to link here and use the form to nominate the African women you feel should be celebrated for their achievements. You can choose anyone from politicians, to business women to musicians. But the competition will be fierce.

Your nomination should be submitted by Saturday 2 March and the results will be published on International Women's Day on Friday 8 March.

 

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