By Juliet Umeh
To achieve her goal of impacting 10,000 women in 2021 and 5 million women across Africa by 2030 through the Women Techsters initiative,Tech4Dev, a non-profit social enterprise recently, launched the #IAmAWomanTechster Campaign with an Art Exhibition.
The Women Techsters Initiative is an initiative of Tech4Dev in partnership with Microsoft aimed at bridging the digital divide between men and women in the technology ecosystem by empowering 5 million women across Africa with digital and deep tech skills by 2030.
According to the NGO, the campaign was born out of the need to advocate for and inspire more women to consider technology careers, celebrate women who have built careers in these fields to serve as a model for other women and possibly provide guidance to the next crop of women through their career journeys.
To launch the Campaign, Tech4Dev called for visual artists to share artworks celebrating women and women in technology and STEM fields. Out of 43 entries submitted, 16 finalists were chosen, with 3 of them – Ifeoluwa Aminu, Yewande Ambeke and Jessica Ogechi Louis – emerging as winners of the competition to go home with $500 each.
Speaking at the Art Exhibition and Campaign launch event, Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships and Sustainability at Tech4Dev, Joel Ogunsola said: “As an organization that is passionate about bridging the digital divide, we decided the best way to launch the #IAmAWomanTechster campaign was by celebrating Women in tech and STEM fields using various art forms to showcase and support women within the technology ecosystem because representation matters. We are big on empowering young people, and as a result, all proceeds from the artworks sold will be remitted to the artists, and all winners will receive their winnings.”