Rwanda to host cocktail for Global women in IT

Primary school children being equipped with computer skills

Primary school children being equipped with computer skills

Rwanda is set to host a cocktail for women from 20 leading Silicon Valley based global IT brands in the US themed, “Closing the gap in STEM fields in Rwanda”.

The event will bring together about 40 women from technology companies such as EMC, Twitter, Symantec, Cisco and Intel in Kigali on February 3, 2014.

One of the event organizers, Angel Basamaza from Tech Women and the ICT chamber of the Private Sector Federation in Rwanda said the event is aimed at linking women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with global tech companies.

The same event will mark the launch of Techgirls Mentorship Programme, aimed at exposing more school girls to such opportunities.

The Rwandan government highly committed to promoting ICT as a key driver for rapid socio-economic development.

Therefore, encourages more school girls to boldly take on ICT— a cross cutting field which is creating new employment opportunities and solutions every day.

Gender and Family Promotion minister Oda Gasinzigwa welcomed the initiative by women in STEM to bring the girls on board.

Its very encouraging seeing Rwandan women initiate such programmes and ideas and trying to reach out to the girls.

The move will expose Rwandan school girls to the opportunities and possibilities beyond Rwanda.

Other Rwandan women have made it in ICT— local ICT companies such as HeHe Ltd, the Shaking Sun and OSCA Connect Ltd.

Bringing more girls in science and technology is part of the government’s second phase of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II) aimed at improving the quality of life for all.

The initiative is being looked at as a way of moving the country from a low income to a middle income economy as well as enhances the role of the private sector in economic growth.

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