On commemorating the International Women’s Day, we partnered with Tigo to launch the TECH IS FEMALE campaign – our new movement to support girls and young women in Tanzania to learn and develop their skills in technology. The launching ceremony which took place at our headquarters in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, was attended by the acting ambassador of the United States in Tanzania, Dr. Imni Patterson and the Managing Director of Tigo Tanzania Mr. Simon Karikari.
The Tech is Female movement will run for a whole year long. Our target is to provide coding training to girls in 50 public secondary schools under the Tigo E-schools program countrywide, and to the out of school marginalized girls and young women as well. In the end, we expect to get a cream of 30 girls and young women, in and out of school, who will be inducted into the special mentorship and incubation programme. Some will be attached to Tigo’s ICT department for further training, while others will work on other projects, as we groom them, secure jobs and self-employment opportunities for them.
Speaking at the ceremonies in front of girls and young women aspiring to become Tech-entrepreneurs, the Managing Director of Tigo, Simon Karikari made it clear that Tigo, has committed to support Apps and Girls which aims at supporting young girls and women to gain and develop skills in technology.
We at Tigo hope to create a digital generation. Our partnership with Apps and Girls is to invest in young women as potential tech entrepreneurs, tech creators, tech role models and leaders, in Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe the future of TECH is FEMALE and pledge our commitment to end the digital gender gaps in Tanzania. The support aims at facilitating the implementation of an innovative cyclical process where a group of carefully selected young girls and women will undergo training in advanced coding, entrepreneurship, and recruited into a special mentorship and incubation programmeSaid Karikari
Karikari added that the ‘TECH IS FEMALE’ movement aims to provide equal access to technology for all girls and young women aged 14 -24yrs in school and out of school in Tanzania, thus fueling their economic and digital empowerment to be digital champions in the ever changing world of technology.
On her part, the acting ambassador of the United States in Tanzania, Dr. Imni Patterson congratulated Apps and Girls for having empowered over 3000 girls countrywide through technology in the past four years and promised on behalf of the embassy to continue supporting Apps and Girls in its mission of impacting more girls digitally.
Empowered women contribute significantly to the development of the nation. Therefore, for a country to reach its full potential, it must invest in empowering women to be active contributors in development activities.Said Dr. Imni Patterson
Over the years we have been working in partnership with Tigo to bridge the tech Gender gap in Tanzania mainly focusing in Dar es Salaam. This partnership has supported Apps and Girls’ interventions in schools and the entire community where more than 3000 girls have been impacted and led to the birth of tech entrepreneurs, tech creators, tech role models and leaders driving change across Tanzania.