Huawei renews pledge to boost digital skills of Kenyan women

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Huawei will strengthen its partnership with the Kenyan government to improve the digital literacy of women and girls and ensure they are at the heart of the country’s quest to realize the fourth industrial revolution, a company official has said.

“Access to digital technology will provide immense economic opportunities for women and lift them out of poverty,” Maureen Mwaniki, director of Huawei Women in Technology said on Friday evening at an ICT forum taking place in the coastal city of Mombasa.

She said that Huawei is committed to ensuring that Kenyan women have access to mentorship and training required to improve their digital skills in the pandemic era when remote work and learning have become the norm.

Mwaniki singled out the Women in Technology Initiative launched by Huawei Kenya in 2019 for bridging the gender divide in the country’s digital economy through capacity development. She said the initiative has focused on connecting women and girls to role models besides encouraging them to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that are crucial to boosting literacy in ICT.

The Huawei official said that public and private sector partnerships are key to ensure that women break the glass ceiling in the digital space, and broaden their revenue streams through electronic commerce. And digital literacy will enhance the resilience of Kenyan women and girls amid social and economic disruptions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katherine Getao, CEO of Kenya’s ICT Authority said the government has enacted robust policies while investing in supportive infrastructure to narrow the gender divide in the digital economy.

According to Getao, a partnership with industry and academic institutions has created a conducive environment for women and girls to pursue ICT-related courses. Enditem

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