Togo women get down to ICT training, business

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Women in Togo have begun to stand up to be counted among the community of high-tech citizens after playing second fiddle to men for years.

To achieve this feat, they need the support of the government and private sector, which have teamed up to create a new generation of
ICT-minded women who are not afraid to take on any technology challenge.

They came in numbers last to attend the three-day Female TechCamp 2015 hosted in the capital Lomé, and participants included students and
high school pupils.

The event, which was organised by the government in association with E2C Togo and the US Embassy in Togo (through the American Corner of
Lomé University), served as a platform to reinforce the passion and importance of ICT in women’s lives.

Training modules included Google Drive, MS office, how to create blogs using Tumblr, mobile funding and business development, among others.

On Wednesday Togo post and digital economy minister Cina Lawson officially launched the event, which was also graced by the presence
of minister of social action and promotion of women Dédé Ahefo Ekoué.

Another ICT women event called WomenTechmakers took place a few days earlier in Lomé. It was organised by Lomé Group of Google Developers
(GDG).

The organisers are hoping that ICT training and business forums such as these could motivate women to either become tech entrepreneurs or
put ICTs at the frontline of their lives.

Lawson said the government’s dream was to create a generation of ‘Nanas Tech’, a vocabulary that refers to ‘Nanas Benz’, a community of
Togolese rich businesswomen who drive luxurious German cars.

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