Date: October 12, 2022, Time : 03 :00 – 04 :30 (GMT+1)
Venue : Zoom (Register Now)
According to a study conducted by Venture Capital for Africa in 2016, only 9% of start-ups – innovative companies with high growth potential and speculative future value – in Africa are led by women, for a market of over 700 million internet and mobile users. In addition, up to 52% of women still feel that technology is a male industry and 32% still consider gender bias to be a major barrier in the recruitment process (World Economic Forum, 2017). Gender equality in technology still has a long way to go. Bridging the gender gap through digital and entrepreneurship education is key to reaping the benefits of the digital revolution in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 30% of professionals are engaged in the technology industry (UNDP, 2019). With this in mind, the Nkafu Policy Institute, the think tank of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation, is organizing a discussion on ‘Promoting gender equality in technology in Cameroon‘.
The objective of this discussion is to examine the factors that explain the difference in access and use of technology between men and women in Cameroon. More specifically, it aims to
· Analyse the different causes of the difference in access to and use of technology between men and women by targeting some significant sectors of activity in Cameroon;
· Evaluate the main aspects of gender discrimination in access to and use of technology in Cameroon
· Examine the economic and social factors that accentuate gender inequalities in access to and use of technology in Cameroon
· Formulate concrete recommendations to reduce inequalities in access to and use of technology between men and women in Cameroon.
3. Expected result
Increased commitment of stakeholders to reduce inequalities in access to and use of ICTs between men and women in Cameroon.
4. Target audience
This event is open to policy makers, including government departments, women’s organisations, women leaders, youth leaders, civil society organisations (CSOs), leaders of financial institutions and the general public.
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