100 Young Women Trained in Data Analytics to Boost ICT Sector

Accra, Ghana – The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (GI-KACE) in ICT is championing the empowerment of young women in the technology sector, with a recent initiative training 100 young women in data analytics in Accra.

According to Ghana News Agency, Director General of GI-KACE, the training was aimed at equipping young women with essential skills in data analytics to enhance their employment prospects in the tech sector. He emphasized the need for concerted efforts by various agencies to train more women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and create a gender-inclusive work environment. Dr. Yeboah-Afari made these remarks at the closing ceremony of the seven-day training, which was organized by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and Glovo, in collaboration with GI-KACE and the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the Women in Tech Bootcamp programme.

The Women in Tech Bootcamp, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Ghana, marks a significant step towards equipping young women with the necessary skills and knowledge for the tech industry. The beneficiaries, primarily university and polytechnic graduates aged between 22 and 35, received training designed to enhance their employability in the rapidly evolving tech sector.

Dr. Yeboah-Afari highlighted the underrepresentation of women in Ghana’s ICT sector, citing data that only 17% of tech-related jobs were currently held by females. He called for a more proactive approach to bridge this gap, stressing the importance of gender diversity in the ICT workforce for creating a more inclusive and equitable sector.

Madam Ama Pomaa Boateng, Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to inspiring girls and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She noted that the data analytics training was part of the Ministry’s broader efforts to narrow the employment gap between males and females in the tech sector. The training, sponsored by Glovo and supported by the Ministry and GI-KACE, provided a unique opportunity for women to acquire critical digital skills.

Due to financial constraints, only 100 out of over 3,000 applicants could participate in the training. Madam Boateng called for more corporate support to expand the project and benefit a larger number of women. She also pledged the Ministry’s ongoing support for the beneficiaries of this inaugural training programme in data analytics.

Madam Rasheeda Seghosime, Glovo’s Regional Head of People in Africa, expressed the company’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. She highlighted the role of Glovo’s diverse team of female tech employees as role models for aspiring women in tech.

Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, encouraged the trainees to be innovative and problem solvers, urging them to think creatively about starting their own ventures and scaling them up effectively.