TICON Africa & Empowering
Women in African ICT

Prominent Women in ICT and Their Achievements

Africa boasts a host of talented women making significant contributions to the ICT sector.

TICON Africa proudly introduces:

the Women in ICT Chapter

dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusivity in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector across Africa.

With Africa witnessing a rapid surge in ICT adoption, TICON Africa acknowledges the pivotal role of women in driving innovation and growth in this dynamic industry.
The establishment of the Women in ICT Chapter signifies TICON Africa’s commitment to empowering women, addressing challenges, and providing opportunities for their advancement in the ICT sector.

Here is an overview of what this new initiative entails: 

The Women in ICT Chapter aims to create an inclusive environment that nurtures professional growth, leadership development, and networking opportunities for women in ICT throughout Africa.

Membership is open to all women in Africa interested in furthering the objectives of the chapter through TICON Africa. Additionally, external individuals, including partners and ICT professionals, may participate as non-voting members or guests.

The chapter is led by a diverse team, including a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and committee members, with a focus on fostering diversity and inclusion.

Regular meetings, workshops, seminars, and networking events are organised to support the professional development of women in ICT.

TICON Africa advocates for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in the ICT sector through internal and external initiatives, engaging with organisations and educational institutions.

The Women in ICT Chapter collaborates with relevant departments and initiatives within TICON Africa and external organisations to amplify impact and support common objectives.

Chapter leadership provides regular reports to TICON Africa management on activities, achievements, and challenges encountered. Periodic reviews ensure alignment with TICON Africa’s goals and values, incorporating feedback from members and stakeholders.

Importance of Empowering Women in African ICT

Despite progress, African women in ICT face challenges such as limited access to education and training, cultural barriers, and gender biases.
TICON Africa collaborates with stakeholders to implement targeted initiatives to address these challenges.

Meeting the Challenges

Despite progress, African women in ICT face challenges such as limited access to education and training, cultural barriers, and gender biases. TICON Africa collaborates with stakeholders to implement targeted initiatives to address these challenges.

Finding Solutions

TICON Africa believes in a holistic approach to empowering women in African ICT, offering education and training programs, mentorship opportunities, and scholarships tailored to women in ICT.

The Future Vision

As Africa's ICT landscape evolves, TICON Africa envisions a future where women lead Africa's digital revolution, contributing to innovation and growth.

Strategic Imperative of Empowering Women in African ICT

Empowering women in African ICT is not just about gender equality but a strategic imperative for industry success.
TICON Africa believes in harnessing the full potential of its ICT sector by investing in women’s education, skills development, and leadership opportunities.

TICON Africa is committed to championing gender equality and women's empowerment in the African ICT industry, paving the way for a more prosperous and equitable digital Africa.
Let us prioritise the empowerment of women, ensuring they lead Africa's digital transformation journey. TICON Africa stands ready to lead towards a more inclusive and more prosperous future for African ICT.
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Women in ICT at TICON Africa Conference 2024

The Women in ICT Chapter and the empowerment of women in the African ICT industry will be one of the primary focuses at the
TICON Africa Conference 2024, to be held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 25 to 27 September 2024.

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    Emphasising the significance of innovation beyond technology, she highlights its role in fostering inclusivity and shaping a future where technology bridges opportunities. Turinawe’s journey reflects her dedication to the ICT sector, from her involvement in crafting Uganda’s Digital Transformation Roadmap to her collaboration with MTN Uganda on national digital skilling programs.

    Her extensive experience across public and private sectors, coupled with recognition as one of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Tech, underscores her leadership and visionary approach. Turinawe’s relentless pursuit of excellence serves as an inspiration, with the industry anticipating her future achievements eagerly.

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