Hilda Moraa presents 36 African women tech entrepreneurs initiatives, linked to tech hubs and other organisations across Africa. More to add? Please add initiatives and ideas in the comments below!
I think it’s time discussions and debates on whether there are few women in tech, their low participation in the tech hubs, or whether we should be developing more female based tech hubs across Africa, should take a different direction.
The true direction and goal should be for the existing hubs to start thinking through what is their priority and guiding principles in involving female tech entrepreneurs in their spaces.
More importantly, figure out the gaps and needs of those young women to then ensure they have the right support systems and mentorship to help them scale and grow.
On this note, there is need to acknowledge few examples of African hubs already supporting or have programs/initiatives that young tech women can actively participate.
1. IHUB- Nairobi, Kenya with AKIRACHIX
2. Bongo Hive, Zambian with AKISANA NETWORK
3. Hive Colab Uganda with WITU (Women in Tech Uganda)
4. TANZ ICT Tanzania with FEMTANZ
Other African Women Initiatives not linked to the Tech Hubs
Other women initiatives targeting tech women entrepreneurs that are not linked to the tech hubs exist and some continue to do an awesome job in increasing the participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Matehmatics) fields. Some of these initiatives can be found in the crowd map of Women Tech Organizations, an initiative by Asikana network. Also listed below:
- WMIAFRICA (Women who mentor and innovate), Nairobi, Kenya
- STEMAfrica, Africa
- Techwomen, Africa, Middle East
- Si Jeunesse Savait (SJS) in Kinsasha
- APC WNSP Africa Network, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Africa gender Institute, Cape town South Africa
- Pheonix Women’s Empowerment Centre, Mauritius
- Triolet Women’s Empowerment Centre, Mauritius
- She’s the Geek, South Africa
- Savana Signature (SavSign), Ghana
- Jjiguene Tech, Senegal
- Solar sister, Uganda
- Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
- Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Uganda
- Divas4Tech, Nairobi Kenya
- GirlHub, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda
- Women’s Net, South Africa
- The Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) project in 12 African countries
We need to support and encourage the many women initiatives that already exist as mentioned above. In return, the women initiatives/ programs also need to make strides in doing unceasing and an effective job in sensitization of their programs or initiatives to the targeted women groups as well as offering valuable support and opportunities to remain relevant and attractive to young women.
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