The Women Entrepreneurship Conference

Our C.E.O  had the privilege of speaking at the The Women Entrepreneurship Conference organized by the Ministry of Business Development on the theme ‘Unleashing Women Entrepreneurship for Inclusive Growth’.

The Conference was held to recognize the contribution of women to the socioeconomic development of the country and to bring to the fore the contribution of Ghanaian women entrepreneurs.The program was moderated by the always amazing Anita Erskine.The keynote address was given by the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Hajia Samira Bawumia.

In her keynote address she said “It is a well-known fact that women are very active participants in the growth of economies across sub-Saharan Africa. There is considerable evidence that most businesses in Africa are owned and ran by women, but these businesses are more likely to be small-scale enterprises in the informal sector. Women engage in low-value-added activities that only reap marginal benefits, primarily because they are entrepreneurs out of necessity and not of opportunity,” About 80% of women in Ghana are engaged in various economic activities, and predominantly operate in the small to medium scale sectors of the economy. The Ghana Statistical Service estimates that women make up 50.5% of the labour force. The Statistical Service further reports in the Ghana Living Standards Survey (2014) that the formal sector employs about 6.2% of women; 3.3% in the public sector and 2.9% in the private sector.

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International Day Women and Girls in Science

It was a pleasure to host NSBE Ghana as they successfully celebrated the UN International Day Women and Girls in Science.This event happened on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Soronko Academy.

The first speaker, Delphina Agyare spoke about the opportunities and the challenges women and girls face whiles studying STEM courses. She mentioned that, women and girls should be confident with what ever they do. She also said, “If you want your voice to be heard, always keep your hand up”

The second speaker, Dr. Elsie Kaufmann, The Quiz Mistress Of The NSMQ also mentioned that, “When our voices are heard as women, we must help others and work together to solve the problems we face in our societies and the wold at large.”

Special thanks to Dega Billy James, NSBE Wise Team Ghana,Ghana Education Service, GhScientific for organizing this great initiative.

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International Women’s Day

Our C.E.O has the opportunity to visit the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France to speak on a round table discussion on Closing the gender gap in Computer Science. She spoke on the barriers and the strategies of closing the gender gap. She also shared on the work we have been doing with Techneedsgirlsgh and Soronko Academy.

She met the Ghanaian Ambassador to France and her team. She is also a permanent delegate to UNESCO. It was really nice that she came to show her support with her team. The former ambassador to France and the current president of Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa was also present to show her support. She is also the chair of the UNESCO/IFAP project Girls Can Code. They spoke about the Girls Can Code project and shared it with the Director, Gender Equality Division, UNESCO. It was refreshing to hear that one of the key priorities of UNESCO is ensuring that Gender Issues are given all the necessary attention that is deserved.

After the presentation she had the opportunity to interact with other ambassadors and dignitaries, I shared my message on why she choose science .

It was a great experience and she left there with a huge Call to Action.

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The Showcase

On the 29th of January,2018 we launched the maiden edition of “The Showcase”. The Showcase is a  free platform to showcase the amazing products and services of upcoming female entrepreneurs. We provided information on business skills training with our master classes, technology tools to help grow the business and create a global brand and access to financial services with our relationship with an innovative bank that was present at the showcase.

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Girls Can Code

On the 18th of January was the successful launch of the #girlscancode at The Ghana India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. The project will train 300 girls in the 10 regions in Ghana in 2 years in coding and entrepreneurship. The launch was done by Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana .She is really an amazing woman. So graceful, elegant, intelligent,friendly, beautiful….. We can go on and on but I know you get my point). This project was spearheaded by Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier President of Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa with support from the project partners. It was a pleasure to have Dorothy Gordon a woman who has been very supportive and someone we admire representing IFAP on the project.

The highlight for us was our girls.(Rosemary, Clara, Esther and Fremah) They demoed the websites they had built and talked about their experience learning to code. They also talked about the business and foundations they had started. They were beyond amazing, so confident , so eloquent , so inspiring. They brought some people to tears including the team.

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The Camp

Our C.E.O had an amazing time at the camp with the mentors, the climbers and the team at the camp. As soon as she landed she had to share her journey as a social entrepreneur and how to create a personal and company brand. In the evening she was on the opening panel of the Pitch night talking about Tech with a Purpose. It was a great panel with really good discussions, questions and insights shared. She spoke on the African perspective. She was happy to bring a voice from Africa and to do it in style with her lovely  Vlisco jacket

The climbers are 12 startups with really great startup businesses and ideas. From automated cars, to healthcare to remote areas, to a social network for informal workers, to an app to locate items on the street and have it reused or recycled, to block-chain technology and sustainable energy . She also had the opportunity to mentor some startups and took some contacts to do introductions to help them scale to Africa.

She looks forward to a continuous engagement with the camp as we discussed having a cultural exchange with our students going to the campus in France and they coming to Ghana. The future is exciting and she am proud to be an ambassador for thecamp

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Code Academy for the Deaf

We are excited to partner with MTN Ghana Foundation to launch the MTN Code Academy for the Deaf. We will be teaching students from the State school of the Deaf in Ashiaman to #Code and build an online student portal. This portal will serve as a tool for them to share activities within the school, share great educational content,educate us on the deaf and disabled community. It will be a tool to amplify and give them a voice.They will learn a skill that will help them get jobs and become economically independent. We will have classes every Tuesday and Friday at the School from 2:30pm to 4:30pm for a month

We had our first class which was amazing. We had volunteers from DartmouthCollege help us with the workshop. You can follow all our workshops by following #signyourcode

In the space of 10years, the MTN Foundation has implemented over 142 projects in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment at the total cost of over USD $13.3 million. These projects have impacted over four million people in Ghana. We are proud to partner with the leading telecommunications company that believes and works hard to give back in a meaningful way. #MTNFoundation #MTNFoundationat10