Intel She Will Connect

ACWICT’s mandate in the program was to train young women in Digital Literacy, Online Work for employability and income generation over the five-year period.

ABOUT INTEL SHE WILL CONNECT

Intel She Will Connect Program, was launched in Africa as part of Intel’s CSR commitment to drive improvements in environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.

Intel launched the Intel® She Will Connect program in 2014 with the goal to reduce the gender gap on internet use around the world by addressing women’s lack of awareness and skills. The program began in Sub-Saharan Africa where the gender internet gap was the greatest. The countries identified for the pilot program were Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The goal was to reach five million young women in the region by 2020.

ACWICT’S PROGRAMME INTERVENTION

ACWICT’s mandate in the program was to train young women in Digital Literacy (using Intel Digital Literacy Curriculum) and Online Work for employability and income generation over the five-year period. Combining broader conceptual understanding with practical skills we adapted the modular Intel® Learn Easy Steps curriculum to begin digital literacy training in Kibera and West Pokot.

Our focus was to give participants hands-on training on practical skills like browsing and email as well as help the trainees understand what is possible with the Internet. Rather than just teaching basic computer skills, we tackled how participants could use technology to gain meaningful employment, enhance their careers or start a business. At the same time, we dealt with imparts vital technology skills such as online safety and security.

RATIONAL

In 2012, Intel published the Women and the Web report which highlighted the gender gap in internet access in developing countries. Through the research, which covered 2,200 women across four countries, the team realized that the lack of awareness of the benefits of internet use, combined with the lack of comfort with the technology, were important barriers preventing women from accessing the internet. According to the report, nearly 25% fewer women than men are online in developing countries. This represents 200 million fewer women than men online today in Sub-Saharan Africa, the size of the gap is 43%— the largest across all the regions in the study.

ACWICT’S ROLE

  • Young women mobilized and recruited to take part into the training program
  • Young women trained in digital literacy skills, digital marketing, online work, life and entrepreneurship skills for engaging and succeeding in online work and entrepreneurial ventures;
  • At least 30% of the young women trained engage in online work and/or entrepreneurial activities for income generation and improved livelihoods;
  • Graduation and Award of certificates ceremonies to the young women who have completed training

Program Impact

Since February 2017, the Vusha Girls has recruited and trained 986 beneficiaries both in Kisumu and Nairobi counties.

Beneficiaries have been equipped with employability skills to secure sustainable income generating activities as well as live a healthy life. 

Recruited & Trained

Placed in Jobs

Placed in Jobs or Apprenticeship

Intel® She Will Connect Celebrates 5 Million Women Reached

Speaking at the event, Intel’s Ferruh Gurtas commended the support and effort of the global and local partners including ACWICT over the past 5 years that led to reaching of 5.4 million, surpassing the initial 5M goal.

ACWICT receives an award from Intel®

Our focus was to give hands-on practical skills rather than just teaching basic computer skills, we tackled how participants could use technology to gain meaningful employment, enhance their careers or start a business.

Catherine; I am all smiles, holding my shoulders and head high

Intel She Will Connect Program beneficiary set up a second-hand clothing store and now makes profits of between 300-500 USD a month

When you come from where I do, access to technology is a luxury

“My experience may seem weird to others, but when you come from where I do, having access to technology is a luxury. We have other priorities like accessing sanitation, employment, and housing amongst others,” says Dammy. Dammy Nafula hails from Kibera, one of the...

Training increased my online presence as a female journalist

After the training I felt like an empowered journalist who is much more educated, experienced, and rejuvenated to develop rich content that highlighted issues that both positively and negatively affected women in society.

I now operate an online beauty shop- Elizabeth

“Utachanuka lini?” (When will be enlightened?) This is the question that had haunted Elizabeth Opicha, a young bubbly woman from Kibera informal settlements, for a long time. This made her hunger for digital knowledge for she wanted to become an ICT compliant young...

Naomi Boundi: From self-proclaimed computer illiterate to aspiring graphic designer, thanks to Intel She Will Connect

Naomi Boundi is a hard working young mother from Kibera informal settlements in Kenya. Before the Intel She Will Connect program, Naomi had seen computers but had never used one; and this lowered her esteem in interacting with IT professionals as well as pursing IT...

“With the online work, I have been able to comfortably support myself and send money to my parents.” Abigael – Beneficiary, She Will Connect

Abigael was desperately searching for employment after school and in the first six months, she had so much hope but as time went by, desperation kicked in. She had applied for various positions in different companies but no one bothered to provide any kind of feedback...

Digital opportunities abroad

Three beneficiaries under the Intel She Will Connect Program, implemented by The African Center for Women Information and Communications Technology in partnership with Intel Corporation have been sponsored to attend a journalism training workshop in South Africa. The...

My Digital Journey

Beneficiaries of Intel She Will Connect Programme & the first users of MyDigitalJourney describing the benefits of using the Platform

Intel She Will Connect

Intel She Will Connect Brand Ambassador Adelle Onyango, visited the beneficiaries of the program during induction session. Adelle is one of the most influential social media personalities in the country, she encouraged the young women to embrace technology, to connect...

I no longer shy away from computers

Naomi’s perception about computers has changed immensely since the training, she plans on venturing into graphic designing, because she has identified it as a strength and has already designed some work and has received positive responses. Her advice to other youths is to have dedication in any activity they undertake for it to be successful.

22 JUNE 2015

When women are connected, lives change. Find out how the Intel® She Will Connect program is working to close the Internet gender gap, connecting millions of girls and women to opportunity.

13 APRIL 2017

Intel She Will Connect, Brand Ambassador – Kenya shares her experience on how she began blogging and how the Kenyan women can benefit from being connected to the internet.

3 MAR 2017

Intel She Will Connect’s Program Director Suraj Shah talks to Zuri Awards about the Program

When you come from where I do, access to technology is a luxury

“My experience may seem weird to others, but when you come from where I do, having access to technology is a luxury. We have other priorities like accessing sanitation, employment, and housing amongst others,” says Dammy. Dammy Nafula hails from Kibera, one of the...

I now operate an online beauty shop- Elizabeth

“Utachanuka lini?” (When will be enlightened?) This is the question that had haunted Elizabeth Opicha, a young bubbly woman from Kibera informal settlements, for a long time. This made her hunger for digital knowledge for she wanted to become an ICT compliant young...