Twenty experts from the United States based Silicon Valley tech companies will visit Rwanda in February, 2014 to inspire Rwandan women in information technology and communication (ICT) sector.
The experts from global ICT companies like Twitter, Cisco, Intel, EMC and Symantec will on February 3, host a ‘women in technology exclusive cocktail’ organised by Tech Women and the ICT chamber of the Private Sector Federation.
Angel Bisamaza, a member of Tech Women and one of the organisers of the event said that the event will be used as an avenue to promote women’s involvement in technology development
She said that Rwanda will at this event also launch the Techgirls Mentorship Programme- which is aimed at reaching out to school going girls in an effort to bridge the gender gap in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Rwanda has placed its focus on empowering women in various social and economic aspects, and promotion of ICT among women is seen as a way of enabling women to play a role in the country economic transformation a low income to a middle income economy to a knowledge based economy especially in the private sector.
The Gender and Family Promotion minister, Oda Gasinzigwa says the ICT training will add provide more opportunities and possibilities for Rwandan women.
Rwanda has seen some success stories of women’s involvement in the ICT sector especially due to pro-women policies in both public and private sectors. Clarisse Iribagiza, a young Rwandan tech entrepreneur, is one of the Rwandan women who have been listed among the top 100 global thinkers by an Italian think tank, LSDP.
She is a founder and chief executive of Hehe Ltd, a start-up tech firm that majors in software development among other services, and was also the winner of 2013 Inspire Africa award- a regional business mind promotion series.
She was also honoured among the five young African entrepreneurs at the Transform Africa Awards 2013 for developing socially transforming IT solutions of which her initiative- Hehe Ltd emerged the best, and received US$7500 (Rwf4.8 million) cash prize.