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.
Here at #CSW67 talking about technology and innovation for Africa Women and girls. This was such and important conversation especially at a time when of technology is drastically changing both in terms of what we do it and how we use it. I’m glad I was here to represent Africa 🇸🇱 pic.twitter.com/4NmaXAKm7I
— Hawa Yokie🌹🌹🇸🇱🇸🇱 (@yokie_hawa) March 15, 2023
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.