In their quest to bridge the gap between women and the technological world, Ghana Tech Lab in collaboration with Tanoe WomanRising engage more ladies into IT so that they can easily compete with men for employment in these areas.
The theme for their recent stakeholders meeting at the Emi- Lux center was the Role of Mobile Application Development and Deployment in Economic Empowerment of Women, Technology Skills Development and Job Creation.
The Stakeholder gathering sought to collate consensus on the potential and the role of app development technology in the local digital economy and how it propels youth employment in our community.
GTL in collaboration with WomanRising aim to engage key stakeholders to outline the skills gap, challenges, opportunities, strategies and policies for transforming the local economy to achieve sustainable development through digital skills and entrepreneurship.
The engagement was pivotal to delivering a policy document that would feed into the development of a well-structured and informed curriculum and ultimately, a roadmap for achieving a sustainable local digital economy through mobile application transformation in Ghana.
After a successful deliberation and various suggestions from all the stakeholders present at the meeting, GTL and WomanRising successfully empowered more women to go into technology.
The status quo that women are not supposed to be in Tech was clarified.
The main objectives by GTL and WomanRising delivered by the Project Lead, Eugenia Korkor Martey are as follows;
1. To create a collaborative and consultative platform for stakeholders to drive the digital transformation of the local economy to achieve sustainable development through digital skills and entrepreneurship.
2. To inform and identify current market needs of industries/companies/job market and skills gaps. This will help single out the needed intervention to help bridge/eliminate the gap.
3. To facilitate and deepen relationships and collaboration among local players, to forge a focused agenda in job creation for the youth and foster ecosystem synergy.
4. To formulate local actionable relevant policies and strategies to further policy advocacy and strategic engagement with regional policymakers.
To see you all here today is indicative of your collective buy in and we look forward to your continuous support in ensuring that mobile app development especially amongst women contributes its quota to the achievement of our economic targets, creating jobs and attracting investments.
WomanRising is a value -added initiative by TANOE focused on the Economic Empowerment of women through the provision of tailored resources, support services, capacity building, networking opportunities, motivation, and inspiration.
WomanRising provides women with the support needed to turn their ideas into business and enhance their capacities to grow their careers and business. WomanRising as part of the community hubs, hosted and trained 20 ladies in the National Female Pre-Tech Training in Mobile App Development that was successfully organized over a 3-week period and had all 20 ladies successfully completing the training program.
This was done in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab, Soronko Academy in collaboration with the World Bank, MasterCard Foundation and Ministry of Communications, Ghana.
It is crucial therefore, to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure the consistent progress of this Mobile App Development Agenda and help create more job opportunities for the youth while equipping them to be able to thrive in the technological world.”