Instead of immersing you in even more content to sift through this International Women’s Day, we want to encourage you to follow three of our partners that are doing great work to support women and girls.
Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) | Nigeria
Each week, young girls join technology education and mentoring sessions through W.TEC’s Girls Technology Clubs — helping them gain an early interest in ICTs, encouraging them to consider careers in technology, and connecting them with a network of technology-fluent alumni and mentors.
In the coming year, W.TEC plans to expand the Girls Technology Clubs through a partnership with Beyond Access and the Lagos branch of the National Library of Nigeria — providing access to a meeting location and computer lab to boost the program’s ability to reach more girls.
Women’s Action for Development (WAD) | Namibia
In every region of Namibia, Women’s Action for Development (WAD) builds the capacity of rural women and men through a network of “regional community voices.” Rural Namibians provide feedback on local and regional issues to the Community Voices volunteers, who then share the feedback with government decision makers. WAD has also established seven training centers — open to women and men — that offer motivational support and training on socio-economic and socio-political topics.
ChunriChoupaal | Pakistan
ChunriChoupaal is creating a network of Community Technology Centers in Pakistan where women can take online courses and develop new skills with support from trained staff and other women in the community — helping them harness the power of digital media for social and economic progress. In 2012, ChunriChoupaal opened its first pilot center in the remote Thal desert, where local women participated in an ICT training program.