Digital Literacy Campaign for Somali Women 2013-2015
Action for Gender and Development is a local women's NGO based in Mudug, Puntland, Somalia which I established shortly after I joined Worldpulse as a aVoF correspondent and got inspired by the wonderful work the various members of WP were doing in their respective localities. Last year in November we launched a 3-year program on Digital Literacy Training for Somali Women. The training lasts 21 days and starts with very basic computer skills. The first cohort consisted of 50 Somali women, most of them mothers either divorced or widowed, took the 3-week long training on ICT and graduated with a certificate- that is them in the picture proudly holding up their certificates!
The second group of women, also 50, is already taking the course and will soon be graduating also!
I enjoyed seeing the confidence and determination on the faces of these women as they came to class, sometimes way too early, to learn and absorb knowledge. Being with them was so empowering. They came with babies on their bags. Their came with small kids. They came the groceries they bought early that same morning before they came to class. They came determined. They came committed and passionate. Their passion was contagious.
The Digital Literacy Campaign started in November of 2013 and ends in November of 2015.
Below are some of those inspiring pictures! Enjoy!