ACTIVITIES

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) promotes the digital inclusion of women through a series of activities during the German G20 presidency in 2017 and beyond. In the timeline below you can find all events and activities in chronological order – from official G20 meetings to accompanying events such as the #eSkills4Girls Hackathon to Germany´s engagement in the EQUALS partnership and the SAP Africa Code Week.

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12-14 October 2020

Information: Because of the spreading of Covid19-infections the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020 has been postponed to October and took place virtually.

Mobile Learning Week is the United Nations’ flagship ICT in education conference.

The 2020 edition of UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (MLW) is held under the theme “Beyond Disruption: Technology Enabled Learning Futures”. The MLW focused on distance learning solutions that have contributed to the continuity and quality of learning during the disruption of school-based learning caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

The SP Educationatingi and the program “Sustainable Facility Management in Public Schools” (SUFA) in collaboration with Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL) participated on October 13th with a joint workshop on the topic: “Ensuring context appropriateness and scalability of learning under COVID-19: What lessons are we learning? Speakers were Nayla Zreik Fahed, co-founder and CEO of LAL, Ismael Nouns, Project lead of SUFA and Dr. Dominic Orr, team leader of “atingi”.

Distance learning – local and global

Offering learning opportunities to marginalized groups is an important goal of German development cooperation. Two central challenges are: 1) How can we ensure that learning opportunities are appropriate for the learners’ context? And: 2) How can we ensure that learning solutions are scalable? These are usually seen as conflicting obejctives. However, a discussion on how we can achieve both is needed.

Example of a solution developed for a local context: LAL is a Lebanese NGO that developed Tabshoura – a free learning platform that offers e-learning content based on the Lebanese curriculum, accessible both online and offline. In cooperation with SUFA and the SP Education, LAL created new content and trained teachers in the use of Tabshoura. Currently, LAL supports teachers in shifting their teaching to blended learning and distance learning in the context of COVID-19.

Example of a solution that focuses on scaling: atingi is a digital learning platform of BMZ with global reach implemented by GIZ. The platform offers a wide range of target groups free access to high-quality digital learning content for non-formal learning. Atingi relies on a network structure for its success. Some partners make the content available to all interested learners, while others use the platform to offer content to their own target groups. In this way, atingi also ensures a strong connection to local contexts.

The presentations and discussions with the participants showed that local solutions have the potential for scalability, and global initiatives can be embedded locally. Prerequisites for their respective success are open technologies that enable interfaces between different digital solutions and connections to strong local communities that grow with the size of the scaled solution.

 

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27. November 2019

The Equals in Tech Awards is the world’s largest event celebrating those working to close the gender digital divide. Every year, EQUALS gives awards to individuals as well as organizations that help girls and women gain equal access, skills and opportunities in the digital world.

This year’s EQUALS in Tech Awards ceremony will take place on November 27 in Berlin at the Internet Governance Forum where winners from around the globe will share their inspiring stories,

Curious? Meet the finalists!

23 October 2019

Bridging Gaps

Women remain severely affected by digital inequalities. To foster equal participation of women and girls in the digital age, the G20 initiative #eSkills4Girls was launched under German leadership in 2017. Together with GIZ colleagues from Cameroon and Mozambique as well as tech leader Nnenna Nwakanma from the Web Foundation, BMZ will host an #eSkills4Girls pre-conference workshop on 23 October. Based on a country-specific problem the workshop’s interactive design will allow participants to develop ideas towards strengthening digital skill building for girls and women and to discuss possible project implementation concepts.

 

October 2019

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is proud to support the SAP Africa Code Week for the fourth time. The objective is to promote digital literacy and encourage young people to acquire job-relevant digital skills. In 2019 the BMZ supports workshops in 12 African countries, especially targeting young women and girls. The workshops are conducted by female role models from the #eSkills4Girls network and  will reach approximately 11.000 young women and girls.

 

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21 September 2019

About EQUALS EQUALS is a ground-breaking global network delivered by a committed partnership of corporate leaders, governments, non-profit organizations, communities and individuals around the world working together to bridge the digital gender divide – by bringing women to tech, and tech to women – and in so doing, bettering the lives of millions worldwide.

 

 

27 May 2019

To celebrate the three years since the start of the #eSkills4Girls initiative, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted a lunch talk to take stock of the activities and discuss the role the German development cooperation and the private sector can play in supporting women and girls to achieve greater participation in the digital economy.

Nanjira Sambuli, advocacy manager for digital equality at the Web Foundation and Ethel Cofie, founder of the Women in Tech Africa network were invited to present insights from their personal and professional experience. About 65 representatives from German development cooperation, academia and the private sector joined the event to learn about the initiative and participated in the ensuing discussion.

On the one hand, the importance of involving policymakers and civil society in the efforts of increasing internet access and building digital skills became very apparent during the discussions. The private sector, on the other hand, should assume the responsibility of creating a gender-sensitive and attractive working environment for young female IT and tech specialists.

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4 - 8 March 2019

Mobile Learning Week is the United Nations’s flagship ICT in education conference.

The 2019 edition of Mobile Learning Week will explore how Artificial Intelligence can accelerate the process of achieving SDG 4 under the theme ‘Augmented human intelligence and humanity’. BMZ and UNESCO will organize a workshop on “AI & Gender” (further information will follow in a due time).

Artificial Intelligence promises to reduce barriers to access, analyse learning patterns and optimise learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes. On the other hand, the penetration of AI in education comes with concerns related to ethics, security and human rights. Without policy intervention, the commercial deployment of AI will also further exacerbate digital divides and deepen existing income and learning inequalities, as marginalised and disadvantaged groups are more likely to be excluded from AI-powered education.

 

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14 - 15 December 2018

In cooperation with re:publica GmbH and Impact Hub Accra, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was proud to host the first edition of re:publica Accra on December 14-15th 2018 also addressing the gender digital divide and female role models.

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October 2018

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is proud to support the SAP Africa Code Week for the third time. The objective is to promote digital literacy and encourage young people to acquire job-relevant digital skills.
In 2017 the BMZ supported 20 workshoops in 17 African countries, especially targeting young women and girls. The workshops were conducted by female role models from the #eSkills4Girls network and reached 8000 young women and girls.
Let’s see how many students we can train this year.

22 September 2018

EQUALS is pleased to announce the 22 finalists for the 2018 EQUALS in Tech Awards, the annual flagship event of the EQUALS global partnership. The awards recognize outstanding projects and initiatives around the world that are helping women and girls become #EQUALSinTech.

Learn more about all 22 finalists at EQUALS.org.

About EQUALS

EQUALS is a ground-breaking global network delivered by a committed partnership of corporate leaders, governments, non-profit organizations, communities and individuals around the world working together to bridge the digital gender divide – by bringing women to tech, and tech to women – and in so doing, bettering the lives of millions worldwide.

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18 - 25 October 2017

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development supports once again the SAP Africa Code Week and special coding activities for girls in 2017. The objective is to promote digital literacy and encourage young people to acquire job-relevant digital skills. During the Africa Code Week 2016, 426,758 children and young people between 8 and 24 years were introduced to coding in 30 African countries. Crucial to the success of the program was the training of 5,607 teachers to prepare them for the initiative.

7 - 8 July 2017

G20 leaders meet in Hamburg to endorse the #eSkills4Girls initiative, amongst other important global issues. A clear commitment by G20 leaders was made to promote the digital inclusion of women and girls in developing countries.

Both Summit documents affirm their support to #eSkills4Girls:

– The G20 Leaders’ Declaration “Shaping an interconnected world” in article 30.

– The G20 #eSkills4Girls Statement “Transforming the future of women in the digital economy“ as annex to the G20 Leader’s Declaration.

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12 - 13 June 2017

Germany hosts the “G20 Africa Partnership Conference – Investing in a Common Future”, with selected leaders from G20 and African countries.
The launching of the #eSkills4Girls platform is during the session “Digital Development: Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy for all”. Several panelists from the public and private sector discuss how the huge potentials of the digital transformation can be best used for the empowerment of African women.

10 - 12 May 2017

Agreement amongst G20 partners on the final G20 statement for #eSkills4Girls

9 May 2017

The #eSkills4Girls Africa Meetup takes place on 9 May as a pre-event to the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali and is jointly organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, SAP and UNESCO. The Meetup brings together over 30 female tech leaders from all over Africa, who are running initiatives to promote girls’ and women’s digital skills and participation in the digital world. The Meetup offers a unique opportunity to network, discuss challenges and effective approaches and further develop capacities and strategies for successfully running and scaling up initiatives related to girls in ICT.

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Workshops

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10 May 2017

Slam against the gender digital divide

Three slammers from South Africa, Nigeria and Germany – Puno Selesho, Juliet Kego Umo-Onyido and Tarik Tesfu – slam at the global stage against the gender digital divide and convince the audience with their artistic performance.
The whole session seek to inspire thoughts and reflections on the gender digital divide, with a mixture of unorthodox controversial statements. The session is framed by an interactive quiz and examples from development practitioners. The re:publica is one of the most important conferences on digital technologies and the societal transformations they evoke.

 

26 April 2017

The four winning teams of the #eSkills4Girls Hackathon and Challenge present their ideas on the global stage. They receive a lot of recognition for their initiatives and are awarded with money prices and mentoring by Google. 1st place: Developers en Vogue from Accra, 2nd place: Jeepneeds Tiny Labs from Manila, and a shared 3rd place: Empodera Marta / Infopreta from Sao Paulo.

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22 April 2017

To foster local innovation and to support initiatives that empower women and girls in tech, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development organised a hackathon (combination of hack + marathon) to develop new solutions that address the gender digital divide. The challenge started with exploration workshops that took place on 4 different continents in 4 different cities (Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo) in March 2017. Around 50 young professionals (mostly females) were gathered to discuss how women and girls can be actively supported to overcome the barriers in the digital world.

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6 - 7 April 2017

The G20 Ministers responsible for the digital economy welcome the efforts made by the G20 Development Working Group and the initiative #eSkills4girls to help improve digital skills and employment perspectives for girls and women.

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March/April 2017

To demonstrate the power of local innovation the #eSkills4Girls initiative organise a Hackathon (a word combination of hacking and Marathon). For this Hackathon, more than 50 young professionals (mostly females) from Brazil, Ghana, the Philippines and Ukraine come together to discuss inspiring ideas that actively support women and girls to overcome the barriers of the digital world. During exploration weekends in São Paulo, Accra, Manila and Odessa in March several teams work intensively together to develop further their digital solutions.

23 - 24 April

At the #eSkills4Girls Challenge, eight teams pitch their ideas in front of an international jury including representatives from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Google, South Africa, Argentina, Impact Hub Berlin.

Winnig teams: 1st place: Developers en Vogue from Accra, 2nd place: Jeepneeds Tiny Labs from Manila, and a shared 3rd place: Empodera Marta / Infopreta from São Paulo. All four teams became the chance to present their ideas at the Women20 Summit.

Read more in the dossier about the competition

 

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15 - 16 December 2016

The G20 Development Working Groups (DWG) meets for the first time during Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017 Berlin. More than 100 delegates from the G20 countries discuss this year’s development priorities, including the digital inclusion of women and girls. This is the beginning of the #eSkills4Girls initiative.

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