Cisco has launched the first Africa Women Initiative, that targets young talented women at college and universities who have already shown motivation, talent and are potentially successful in their local environments, but in need of the necessary boost to widen their views.
This initiative’s primary goal is to boost future prospects of talented young women by exposing them to women friendly technologies and to inspiring women role models who have positively impacted society.
A select audience of youthful female participants from Kenya attended a session moderated by Botswana’s ambassador to US Ms Seretse who shared her background, as well as the decisions she made throughout the different stages of her childhood, adulthood and her professional life.
Ambassador Seretse also spoke about how technology has played a role in her day-to-day life.
The launch TelePresnce session had participants from remote locations in Lagos, Tunis, Johannesburg and Cairo and the session was live courtesy of the Cisco proprietary Telepresence videoconferencing technology.
The launch of the programme is in recognition of the fact that in Africa, women are the guardians of the next generation – raising, educating, nursing and giving a stable home as possible.
Due to these challenges, the programme aims to provide young talented women with a sense of how women friendly technologies can widen their opportunities, open a window on the world and be inspired by powerful, iconic female role models who “made it out there”.
This is a way to make them feel more comfortable with technology as a means to advance their career prospects and at the same time, be inspired with women who made it in the world, by understanding how they did it and be inspired by their struggle, experience and victory.
Specifically, the Africa Women Leadership Network program aims to provide young talented women with a chance to learn about technology and open them to a world of iconic female role models and create a network of female students from around Africa, a bond that will help them later on in their careers.
The audience in Kenya comprised 12 female participants drawn from KCA University, Strathmore University, Kabarak University, Kenyatta University and the Africa Centre for Women in ICT (ACWICT).
All these institutions are accredited Cisco academies in Kenya mandated to offer quality ICT training focusing on hands-on skills that are imperative and responsive to the ICT market skills demand in the present day technology-mediated socio-economic development.
The program will be implemented by reaching out to target audience in select institutions and aligning their felt needs with potential speakers, mentors and role models. Afterwards, ICT will be deployed including social media tools like Facebook and Twitter and Cisco video conference technology (TelePresence) to offer targeted training to the selected s female students.