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Web 2.0 increasing women numbers where it counts

Web 2.0 is living and breathing...allows you to share, comment, network, to me Web 2.0 is “human”.

Web 2.0 brings connection , sharing and networking possibilities to the global women empowerment movement. The opportunity for women to share stories, success and challenges faced enabling peer learning and identifying best practices.

Currently I am working on a project that is building a digital community of women professionals in STEM and young women and girls interested and pursuing Science, Technology , Engineering and Mathematics studies and careers. The online platform which has been in existence since January 2013.
Women who Mentor and Innovate Africa – WMIAfrica, is an online network for women by women in Africa that seeks to provide access to information, role models and experience and skill sharing in STEM opportunities. The platform showcases and celebrates the achievements of women in STEM across Africa and provides resources such as opportunities in STEM, jobs and scholarships are posted on the platform.
Initiatives and programs that provide the much needed support to women in STEM, as well as training and mentorship platforms will go a long way to increase the number of girls actively participating in STEM subjects and taking up STEM careers.

The platform utilizes blogging, Facebook , twitter and YouTube to provide access to information, role models and experience and skill sharing in STEM opportunities.

Comments

Katharina's picture

Wow!

Wow! It is really, really great to see how you put the web 2.0 in practice in your immediate environment. Congrats on that great thought and this amazing initiative. How far are you with building up the platfom? How do you promote it? In schools and at the universities? Would really like to hear more from you on that project of yours.

dreams with the moon's picture

great project!

Wow, that sounds like an amazing project that you are running! It seems like you were able to combine a lot of promising tools! You said you started in January, what are your experiences with it so far?
Thank you for your engagement, work and creative mind!

Jana

ntoweett's picture

WMIAfrica

Thank you for your appreciation .

The platform in on http://www.wmiafrica.org . The main challenge right now is funding, we are in the process of fundraising to help support offline outreach i.e to universities and high schools. To increase not only membership on the platform but also to identify first hand whats challenges the girls are facing tot be able to link them with either individuals and organizations within the network that can provide support and mentorship.

Currently we are using word of mouth as our main means of promotion and we have managed to get 40 members on as a result. We are also reaching out to the institutions in two ways: through current students and alumni that we know and formal introduction through heads of departments.

With just a few weeks of being online, we made some significant "social media "noise, small ripples, I believe, we got noticed and we were selected to be supporting partners for two events: MWEA2013. East Africa's premier mobile conference and BiD Network Women in Business Competition. This encourages us because we know we are doing something right.

Please feel free to check out the website and give possible feedback if any. Will appreciate.

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Empowering!

What an inspiring description of the power of Web 2.0. I love that you identify that what makes it work is not just the digital technology, but that humans are behind it all. The human connection is so important, and obviously you are employing it to make a huge difference in the lives of women and girls and to expand the fields that STEM covers. I look forward to hearing more about this exciting project.

Leslie Stoupas

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