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Reading: Hawa Yokie Discusses Technology and Innovation for African Women and Girls at CSW67
Reading: Hawa Yokie Discusses Technology and Innovation for African Women and Girls at CSW67

Hawa Yokie Discusses Technology and Innovation for African Women and Girls at CSW67

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Hawa Yokie Discusses Technology and Innovation for African Women and Girls at CSW67
Hawa Yokie Discusses Technology and Innovation for African Women and Girls at CSW67

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an annual event organized by the United Nations to discuss issues affecting women and girls around the world. At this year’s event, technology and innovation were at the forefront of discussions, particularly as they relate to African women and girls.

Hawa Yokie, a representative from Sierra Leone, was present at the event and took to Twitter to share her thoughts. She emphasized the importance of the conversation, especially given the rapid advancements in technology and how it affects both what we do and how we use it.

Yokie’s participation in the conversation is significant, as she represents the voices of African women and girls who are often marginalized and left out of discussions on technology and innovation. The continent has long struggled with issues of access to technology and the digital divide, which can have serious consequences for women and girls who are often left behind in terms of education and economic opportunities.

One of the main topics discussed was the need to increase access to technology for African women and girls, particularly in rural areas where access is limited. This includes access to education and training in technology, as well as access to technology itself.


Another important topic was the need for more representation of women in technology and innovation fields. Currently, women make up only a small percentage of the workforce in these fields, and increasing representation can lead to greater diversity and more inclusive technology.

Yokie’s presence at the event, along with other African women and girls, is a step towards greater representation and inclusion in discussions about technology and innovation. By bringing attention to these issues, they are paving the way for a more equitable and accessible future for all.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.