These young girls would work in teams of 5s to develop mobile apps, conduct market research, write business plans, and create a “pitch” for funding. Each team works with both a classroom teacher at their school and a female mentor/role model from the technology industry. WITIN will lead mentors in Nigeria who would guide teachers to train teams from now till April on how to build the apps. The training culminates in a global competition where teams compete for funding to launch their company and take their app to market.
The goal of the program is to promote women in technology by inspiring girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders, and entrepreneurs in the technology industry.
The girls are taught life skills such as how to identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate with a team, and communicate to different audiences. It reinforces the following academic concepts: digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming, and the societal impact of information and information technology.
The winning team will be celebrated in Nigeria on April 25th(Girls in ICT Day) and will travel to the Silicon Valley California to compete globally on May 1st, 2013. The overall winner will receive $10,000 in funding and support to complete their app development and release it on the market.
In the end, Girls learn about collaboration and teamwork, important skills in the technology industry.
How to Contest
To sign up- all you need is a team of 5 girls, a computer, an android phone, and a teacher or adult to support the team.
On February 2nd, Mrs Martha Omoekpen Alade, Chairperson of Women in Technology in Nigeria will formally welcome all teams in Lagos on the “hackday” to brainstorm on starting off. Teams outside the state will participate remotely via skype or adobe connect.
Women Mentors in Tech (Nigeria) are also urgently needed!!! Contact ITU if you are interested!!! For enquiries, call +2348139399635, +2348083262168 or mail email@example.com
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Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) is pleased to announce its annual call for applications for the 2013 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program. The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. Deadline for applications: March 15, 2013.
The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. The MILEAD Program equips Fellows with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are welcome from young African women ages19 – 25, living in Africa and the Diaspora.
The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD – beginning with a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package. Please review program and application guidelines carefully, before completing your application.
Please note that this one year program is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.
Moremi Initiative invites you to share this application information with emerging young African women leaders who have the passion and potential to help transform Africa.
How to Apply: Applications are available online at www.moremiinitiative.org or by request via email. Completed application forms must be submitted along with two recommendation letters and a CV. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.
The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications must be submitted for review by March 15, 2013. For more information, contact the MILEAD Program Coordinator:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: +1 404 826 2942
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The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development that will launch an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria’s private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.
Objectives of the Programme
The main objective of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme will provide aspiring youth with a platform to showcase their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.
Specific Objectives of the Programme include:
- · Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria.
- · Provide a one-time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks.
- · Generate 80,000 to 110,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented.
- · Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria.
- · Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria.
- · Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.
- · YouWiN is an equity contribution to your business. It is therefore NOT A LOAN but a grant.
- · Award recipients will be paid according to the needs of the business and specific mile-stones stated in the business plan.
- · Award recipients must be registered with CAC before disbursement of funds even though they do not need to be registered to apply. YouWiN will support the registration process.
- · Award recipients will operate accounts using their registered companies with any of the participating commercial banks prior to disbursement.
- · Award recipients must sign a grant agreement with the managers of YouWiN before disbursement of funds.
The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The website –girlsinict.org – was designed to inspire and help young women between the ages of 11 and 25 prepare for and pursue careers in technology by providing them with useful resources such as links to scholarships, internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps and online networks where they can interact with other women working in an industry that is largely male-dominated.
“It’s a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US Government’s first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career,” the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a news release.
“Research consistently shows that girls tend to choose careers where they feel they can ‘make a difference’ – healthcare, education, medicine. With this new portal, we’re trying to show them that there’s much more to ICTs than writing computer code,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.
“As we move towards an ICT-based knowledge society, the rise of apps and the explosion in telemedicine, remote learning systems and research and development make the ICT industry the most exciting choice any young person can make,” Mr. Touré said.
“I hope our new portal will serve as a showcase to attract the many talented girls and young women in countries worldwide to this booming sector,” he added.
ITU stressed the need for a change in attitudes towards ICT jobs, which according to experts, girls usually see as unfeminine, too challenging or just plain boring. However, the demand for these jobs worldwide is steadily increasing with not enough qualified individuals to fill the gap in the job market.
The European Union, for example, calculates that in 10 years there will be 700,000 more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them. Globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million.
The website seeks to inspire women to consider ICT as a career option by offering them information on the range of options available in the sector as well as provide them with real life examples of how women are already changing the industry.
“We hope our new Girls in ICT portal with its profiles and videos of women in ICTs will be a major catalyst in creating exciting and rewarding new choices for women worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Encouraging girls into the technology industry will create a positive feedback loop, in turn creating inspiring role models for the next generation.”
Women Deliver and Partners in Population and Development will hold a targeted consultation in 2012, to gather regional perspectives on MDG 5 and the post-2015 development framework. At this invitation-only consultation, to be held Kampala, Uganda, participants will discuss regional progress and the challenges at hand in achieving MDG 5. It will also call for action in prioritizing maternal and newborn health and sexual and reproductive health among the global development goals.
Youth Workshop on MDG 5 and post-2015 Development Frameworks
March 25th – 28th, Kampala, Uganda
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 25, 2012
The consultations will include a youth workshop comprised of 15 to 20 young advocates, which will center on three activities: advocacy, messaging, and media training. These workshops will inform youth advocates about key issues in maternal health and sexual and reproductive health, including a discussion of the future development framework after the expiration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The outcomes of these workshops will be incorporated into youth activities at the Women Deliver 2013 global conference.
Women Deliver is committed to making our Regional Consultations accessible to young leaders. To do so, we will offer full conference scholarships, including travel and accommodations, to selected candidates that meet the following criteria:
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE:
- Under the age of 30
- Able to speak & understand English
- A citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
- Willing and able to share lessons upon return
- Motivated & committed to contributing to meetings
- Able to travel from March 25th to March 29th, 2012
- Available for the duration of consultation
- Access internet regularly
- Able to engage in post-consultation activities including:
- o Writing guest blog posts for the Women Deliver website
- o Joining the WD2013 Youth Working Group, if invited
- o Disseminating knowledge gained from the consultation
Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than February 15, 2012. If a scholarship recipient cannot accept the award, they are required to notify the consultation planner as soon as possible. Scholarships are NOT transferable. Applicant must be present during the entire period of the consultation.
Scholarships will cover: Consultation registration, round-trip travel, visa fees, hotel stay, and a stipend for incidentals and meals. (For travel reimbursement, please maintain actual and valid receipts of all transactions including visa fees, taxi rides, etc.).
The primary language of the consultation is Spanish for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Consultation, and English for the Africa and Asia Consultations. Translation (English for LAC Consultation, French for Africa Consultation) will be available for the plenary sessions.
IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL:
- Be under the age of 30
- Work in the health and development field, with a focus on Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and/or Gender Equality, professionally, scholastically, or on a volunteer basis.
- Possess a basic understanding of international frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and/or the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for this scholarship, Women Deliver must receive your completed application online on or before the deadline of January 25, 2012. Applications are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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