The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Get Her In Digital Campaign, Mrs Antoinette Ohene has indicated that the women empowerment initiative of equipping women across Africa with digital skills will commence with training 300 women in three out of the 16 regions in the country.
She said that her outfit will focus on the Greater Accra, Bono Ahafo and Northern regions during the first phase of the Get Her In Digital project, for which 100 women each are expected to be beneficiaries
According to her, these beneficiaries will be taken through training programmes in various areas surrounding digital skills and entrepreneurship.
Some of the areas to be covered will include web development, application development, graphic design, data science artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and digital marketing.
She noted that, through the digital marketing training for instance, women will be coached on how to make money off their social media use. According to her, women will be equipped with entrepreneurial skills and educated on how to grow their businesses digitally.
Training is officially expected to begin in September this year.
She spoke at the To Get Her In Digital Summit and official Launch on July 26 in Accra.
The event brought together young women from the length and breadth of Africa who were mentored by some movers and shakers, predominantly women, in the digital space.
She added that in tandem with the motive behind the campaign, which was to close the huge gender gap created in the digital space and improve computer literacy among women, the project will also create employment opportunities for the beneficiaries.
In view of this, it is expected that 90 startup businesses will be created by the end of the first phase of the Get Her In Digital project.
She also stressed on the need for the prevalence of women in the digital space to skyrocket.
“From research, we have noticed that few women are occupying the digital space. As at 1997, we had only 37 per cent of women holding digital positions.
“It dropped in 2017 to 24 per cent. If care is not taken in 10 years to come, it will drop to 22 per cent,” she said.
She fervently hoped that through the ‘Get Her in Digital’ Campaign, a million women across Africa will be empowered with digital skills within the space of 10 years, to bridge the technological gap and break the stereotype in the digital space.
The Get Her In Digital intiative was launched in conjunction with Africa Digital Awards, Ministry of Communications (MoC) and other partners.