Ghana’s capital Accra is this year scheduled to host the Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology from September 13 – 14.
The 2-day forum will focus on how technology policies and plans can further the rights and interests of African women and girls. It will engage high-level participants, including leading African women in technology, to debate policy solutions and contribute to policy processes on broadband internet access, women’s empowerment, and sustainable development.
Based on the main barriers identified by the Women’s Rights Online research, the summit will focus on four areas: affordable broadband; women’s rights online; access to information; and the creation of more relevant content, services, and capacities.
The Summit will feature keynote speeches; panel discussions with and on women leaders in technology and technology policy; break-out sessions around focus areas and key goals as well as visual and digital showcase of women-led technology initiatives.
The summit will serve as a platform for participants to gain a clear understanding of key technology policy issues that affect African women’s empowerment and rights. In addition, it will define specific action steps for participants to contribute to ongoing processes that shape the policy, practice, and investments of ICTs on the continent.
This inaugural Summit on Women and Girls in Technology has been put together as collaboration between Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), World Wide Web Foundation, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), African Development Bank and UN Women.