This panel will be global discussion about Women Who Tech around the world. The challenges and benefits for professional tech women and the inspiring stories of women who are leading the way for girls empowerment and women’s economic sustainability with technology. The focus questions are: What is the role of women in Africa, Middle East, and South India’s fast emerging digital landscape and what types of contributions are they making? What challenges do women who tech in Africa, Middle East, and other countries around the world face? Are they similar or different than in the US? How is technology improving the everyday lives of women and girls in developing countries?
Heather is Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives. . Heather has initiated and managed international training programs for 18 years with a strong focus on NGO capacity building, social enterprise development, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, social media and technology in emerging markets and developing countries. She currently leads TechWomen ( www.techwomen.org ), which brings emerging women leaders in technology sectors from the Middle East and Africa together with their counterparts for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading innovative companies in Silicon Valley. Heather designed and led Women in Technology MENA ( www.witmena.org ), a program that trained more than 10,000 women through local partners in nine countries, E-Mediat ( www.emediat.org ), a social media training program for NGOs, and a new program launched this month for women entrepreneurs in Tunisia, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability. Heather also led a USAID-funded WIT pilot program, managed corporate scholarships, teacher exchange programs and study abroad scholarships and supported foreign Fulbright Students. Prior to joining IIE, Heather recruited students from around the world for English language schools in the US, UK and Australia. Heather also worked in Bucharest, Romania planning education programs at Casa Deschisa, a shelter for street children. Heather earned a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a focus on Gender and International Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in French and Journalism.
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada and is also an Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco , where her research and teaching interests center on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism. Originally from Kenya, she earned a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. In her dual roles, Wanjiru divides her time between the U.S. and Kenya, where Akili Dada is based. Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Wanjiru is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism. Wanjiru has received widespread recognition for her work with Akili Dada, including being honored as a 2012 White House ‘Champion of Change’ , a winner of the 2010 United Nations Marketplace of Ideas competition , and recipient of the 2011 Yamashita Prize , the 2011 African Achievers International Award , and the 2012 HOW Fund Fellowship .
Women Who Tech Around the World
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the World PANALISTS: Beth Kanter, Trainer, Blogger, Author Principles of Social Media ROI Heather Ramsey, IIE and TechWomen Program Loubna Lahmici, TechWomen, Algeria Sukaina Al-Nasrawi, TechWomen, Lebanon Ghada Bahig, TechWomen, Egypt Chema Gargouri, E-Mediat, WES Tunisia Mary Patton Davis, Akilah Institute for Women Giselle, Student, Akilah Institute for Women Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is Founder and Executive PANALISTS: Director of Akili Dadae MODERATOR: Beth Kanter and Lauren Vargas, Roz Lemieux Need Help? Need Help? Press *7 to un-mute phone lines or call ReadyTalk Support at 1-800-843-9166Press *7 to un-mute phone lines or call ReadyTalk Support at 1-800-843-9166 www.womenwhotech.com www.WomenWhoTech.com
Panel Questions•What is the role
of women in Africa, MiddleEast, and South India’s fast emerging digitallandscape and what types of contributions arethey making?•What challenges do women who tech inAfrica, Middle East, and other countriesaround the world face? Are they similar ordifferent than in the US?•How is technology improving the everydaylives of women and girls in developingcountries? 3 www.WomenWhoTech.com
Heather Ramsey, Director of Strategic
Partnerships at the Center for Womens Leadership Initiatives. International Institute for Education Ghada Bahig Chema GargouriLoubna Lahmicii Sukaina Al-NasrawiAlegeria 4 www.WomenWhoTech.com
Our training model“I found that
inside me I have power to influence others in a good way so what am supposed to do is to use that power in order to make change in my community.” Alice Umurerwa www.WomenWhoTech.com
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is Founder
and Executive Director ofAkili Dada and is also an Assistant Professor in the Politicsdepartment at the University of San Francisco, where her researchand teaching interests center on the politics of philanthropy,gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role oftechnology in social activism. 15 www.WomenWhoTech.com
The Akili Dada ModelAkili Dada
invests in high-potentialyoung women fromunderprivileged families who arepassionate about social change.We offer:•Comprehensive high schoolscholarships•Personalized mentoring•Rigorous leadership training. www.WomenWhoTech.com
The Challenge • African women
are severely under- represented in decision-making across sectors. • Women are a mere 17% of legislators across Africa. • Women produce more than 80 per cent of the food yet own only 1% of the land. • In Kenya women constitute: 0.5% top leadership in government 1% heads of state corporations 10% parliament www.WomenWhoTech.com
The Akili Dada Model •
Our high school scholarships are comprehensive and cover everything from school fees to personal hygiene supplies and PTA fees. • We only offer a new scholarship after raising 100% of the funds needed to support the student for the entire duration of their high school education. • Scholars are individually paired with Kenyan women who volunteer to serve as mentors. • Our scholars practice leadership by designing & implementing community service projects in their home communities www.WomenWhoTech.com
The Akili Dada Model• Regular
self assessment exercises empower scholars to remain in touch with their own selves, needs, & discern personal leadership styles• Our Akili Dada Fellows program offers new high school alumnae an opportunity to intern with Akili Dada or partner organizations before joining university• By serving as mentors to current scholars, our high school alumnae form an additional layer of support to the scholars while learning valuable leadership skills• Exclusive events nurture the professional lives of our mentors & keep them engaged in the diverse Akili Dada community www.WomenWhoTech.com
Impact • Invested in approximately
230 young women leaders between age 13 to 24 • 100% of our scholarship recipients have earned FULL scholarships to universities globally including the Ivy League • Over 10,000 people in urban and rural poor communities have benefited from multiple community service projects conducted by our young women leaders • Our young women leaders report increased participation in decision making in their communities. • Improved family outcomes for our scholarship recipients living in poverty. • A diverse, intergenerational, international, and mutually supportive community of women. • Elements of Akili Dada’s model adopted by other organizations including partner schools. www.WomenWhoTech.com