Moderator: TMS Ruge Cofounder Project Diaspora
Deborah Ensor – VP, Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs, Internews
Ebele Okobi – Dir, Business Yahoo! Inc
Isis Nyong’o – VP & MD, Africa, InMobi Africa
Liz Ngonzi – Technology Faculty New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising
Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development” panelists TMS Ruge and Liz Ngonzi discuss the role of women in Africa’s tech space.
Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, the hour-long discussion shed a different light on the role of women on the continent. The panel featured other notable figures as Vice President of InMobi Africa Isis Nyong’o and Ebele Okobi of Yahoo!.
A School of Information Studies (iSchool) graduate who applies her iSchool background to help African women and girls empower themselves through technology is presenting on “Africa, Tech & Women – The New Faces of Development” at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, on Monday, March 12.
Elizabeth “Liz” Ngonzi (IST, B.S.,’92) described the panel as offering “a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development.” The presentation aims to dispel myths about African women as “needy,” and will illustrate how they are working to effect change through digital technology, social media, mobile advertising, and internet connectivity, she said. Panelists will discuss how increased access to information is altering the role of women in African society, will cite contributions of African women in the technology field, and will provide insights into how, using the latest technologies, a variety of advocates raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.
This panel provides a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development. The panel aims to dispel the myths about African women as breeders and victims — incapable of participating in their own continent’s development, by showcasing contributions they are making in the technology field and providing insights into how they are using technology to raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.
Speakers: Deborah Ensor, Ebele Okobi, Isis Nyong’o, Liz Ngonzi, TMS Ruge