Miss.Africa Digital, an initiative of DCA Trust, has announced the 2019 Seed Fund Application Drive for Africa women to coincide with this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
In a statement, DCA Trust executive director Sophia Bekele noted: “Parallel to my advocacy on the philosophy of positive ‘tech disruption’ and how it has the ability to create a welcome change in our societies, if we regularly engage in doing something out of our comfort zone for our mind, body and spirit, I’m a great believer that we will find ourselves in a much better space as human beings, as well as be more effective in our work.”
“DCA Trust is proud to celebrate the Women’s Day throughout the year as part of our Miss.Africa digital program along with DCA Academy.”
“As the world presses for progress, this remains to be an important facet or ingredient: Balance!. Our new year message was promoting the Work-Life Balance, that we need a rethink of how we organize, prioritize and balance the conflicting demands of our work which is mostly valued based on our productive capacity, against our best personal and human assets – our mind, body and spirit,” the statement added.
The International Women’s Day acts as focal point in the movement for women’s rights as well as recognition of their achievements in shaping the world.
“The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign is aptly themed #BalanceforBetter. Indeed balance is not just a women’s issue, it is a business issue; the boardroom, government, media, academic, work-environment, wealth, sports coverage all need Gender balance as an essential ingredient for economies and communities to thrive… Our Pan-African Miss.Africa Digital program aims everyday to promote the growth of Africa’s all round growth ecosystem to bridge gender divide through the women-in-tech and entrepreneurship program,” it concluded.
Last year, Miss.Africa Digital pledged, #PressedForProgress and #PoweredYourInnovation throughout Africa. This year, its focus is on a new drive, #BeyondInnovation.
As part of this, Miss.Africa Digital Initiative led by DCA Academy, is announcing the 2019 Seed Fund in Africa that will offer grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.