The International Women’s Day, was just the best time for The African Centre for Women Information and Communication Technology (ACWICT) to celebrate the achievements it has so far made in bridging the gender digital gap in the society. On this celebration at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, ACWICT exhibited The Intel® She Will Connect – My Digital Journey Platform.
At the exhibition, we were able to educate more women on My Digital Journey with an aim of not only creating awareness of the platform but also to encourage more women to sign up to the portal and learn how they can utilize the internet to pursue their own life goals.
Intel® She Will Connect beneficiary, Madris Muthoni wooed visitors with her compelling stories about the impact the platform has had in their lives. For instance, Madris is a young mother from Kibera, having interacted with the portal realized the benefits to joining online communities. With her Facebook account she joined ‘Kilimani Mums’ a group on Facebook. Through the group she has been able to get advice on motherhood from her elderly and more experienced friends online. She also gets information about job openings, reproductive health and mentorship from the group members.
Even the men were not left out; they carried the message back to their spouses, daughters, sisters, and other women in their communities.
This year’s International Women’s Day with the theme ‘Husisha Wanawake, Dumisha Usalama’ was preceded by Her Excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta. She said gender based violence, rape, female genital mutilation still posing threats to women in our society. She also added that women have a voice and contribute positively to the society, especially on peace building.
She feted women like Tegla Loroupe for promoting peace amongst pastoralist communities and the Moran community for shunning female genital mutilation practices. During the celebration, she launched The United Nations Security Resolution 1325, which said applauded in recognizing the importance of women’s participation, and their need to increasingly use their influence to spearhead peace initiatives in the society.