Siemens and UN Women to train young African women in ICT, coding and other digital literacy skills

Siemens AG and UN Women Germany have pledged to jointly support the implementation of the African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI), a Africa continental program that aims to provide comprehensive information and communication technology (ICT) training as well as coding and leadership skills to girls and young women from Africa. In this regard, partners highlighted the vital role that education plays in addressing gender inequalities and accelerating the empowerment of women and girls. The target group of the project is young women aged between 17 and 25 Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Within two years, no less than 625 young women will benefit from the partnership; all offers are free for participants. By 2023, Siemens will initially provide €500,000 for this cause and will support full-time, two-week coding camps in all five countries with skills in digital literacy, programming and personal development. Specifically, coding camps will cover topics such as robotics, Internet of Things, animation, 3D printing, gender equality and women’s empowerment, leadership, and communications.

In addition, the company will provide laptops with a total value of more than €280,000 to all participants. Five UN Women country offices, in partnership with relevant sector ministries and other key stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the private sector, will coordinate project implementation.

Elke FernerPresident of UN Women Germany, said: “It is great that, together with Siemenswe are innovating in education for young women of Africa and that this technology company is doing pioneering work here. Collaborative projects like this are key to enabling young African women to develop future-oriented skills in a protected environment. Nationally and internationally, taking a stand for women’s rights and equality in education is a societal duty for all of us.

“I am particularly pleased that we are supporting this important UN Women initiative with our expertise. Here, we make the difference by bringing the expertise Siemens a in the fields of IT, cybersecurity and tailor-made training materials as well as our local know-how through our regional company in South Africahas explained Judith Wiese, Chief of Staff and Sustainability Officer and member of the Management Board of Siemens AG. “By doing this, we want to give young women Africa a chance to enter a future-oriented job market while offering them a path to financial independence.

IT and cybersecurity experts from Siemens provide technical assistance for the implementation of project activities in the various countries. In addition to the two-week training sessions, Siemens offers to provide four to six month programs for advanced training in low-code programming.

Sabine Dal‘Omo, CEO of Siemens in the south and East Africa, comments: “The African continent offers enormous potential. I am very pleased that we are teaming up with UN Women to take concerted and systematic action to create development opportunities, especially for girls and young women, and thus actively address the disadvantages they face.

The African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) that UN Women brought to life in 2018 is a four-year program that aims to train girls and young women between the ages of 17 and 25 to become computer programmers, developers and designers and to empower them. to undertake university studies and a career in the ICT sector.

Thanks to the deployment of the second phase of the initiative which began in January 2022UN Women is leading this initiative in partnership with the African Union Commission and the International Telecommunication Union with the support of the government of Belgium and Siemens AG targeting 10 countries. As part of the AGCCI, partnerships with local actors such as NGOs, ICT research and academic institutions aim to maintain digital training opportunities and access to digital platforms to accelerate the employability of young women. and their contribution to africa development in all sectors.

The initiative further strengthens the building of a strong personal network in which the young women motivate and support each other and possibly implement joint ventures. It also supports the development and deployment of an online platform to facilitate mentorship, training, employment opportunities and promotion of innovative programs developed by grantees.

“I am very proud to be able to support this initiative and lead its development – ​​especially in light of my dual responsibility for cybersecurity and diversity,” said Natalia OropezaChief Cybersecurity Officer and Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer at Siemens AG. ‘My responsibilities encompass many topics that are of enormous importance today: technology, IT, cybersecurity, education and diversity. Helping young women get a proper education and advance in their personal development is a decisive factor for a sustainable future – and it’s not just the case in Africabut also all over the world.’

Awa Ndiaye-Seck, Special Representative of UN Women to the AU and ECA, said: “As UN Women, we recognize that the AGCCI is a catalyst and not a panacea for closing the gender gap in digitization. If we are to scale up this initiative and others like it, we urgently need to forge and nurture multi-sector and multi-level partnerships that seek to address not only policy-level bottlenecks related to access to technology and finances, but also harmful gender norms. and practices that prevent women and girls from pursuing studies in STEM fields.’

Hanna Henniginformation director of Siemens AGadded: “According to UNESCO, women and girls are 25% less likely than men to know how to use digital technologies for basic purposes. Enabling women to have broad access to technology is a matter of equal rights. We have already had very positive experiences with our coding camps in Germany and other countries. I am very excited to join forces with UN Women to enable young women to Africa to gain such vital knowledge. This partnership has the potential to develop a transformative impact.

About UN Women Germany eV

UN Women Nationales Komitee Germany eV is a non-profit association and one of 12 National Committees worldwide that support UN Women’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment through public relations and fundraising at the national level. www.unwomen.de

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transportation and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, smarter buildings and networks, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation and advanced healthcare, the company is creating technology with the aim of adding real value to customers. By combining the real world and the digital world, Siemens empowers its clients to transform their industries and markets, helping them transform the lives of billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly traded company Siemens Healthineers, a global medical technology leader shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energyworld leader in transport and electricity production.

In fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021the Siemens Group generated revenue from €62.3 billion and the net income of €6.7 billion. From September 30, 2021, the company had approximately 303,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Contact:

Constance Somborn

Siemens AG

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Bettina Jahn

UN Women Germany eV

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