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The Digital Economy x Women in Africa

Being part of the digital economy in Africa has opened up incredible opportunities to reduce inequality, promote development, and drive economic growth. The African Union's Digital Transformation Strategy has set a bold goal of ensuring digital inclusion for every African by 2030. As someone who deeply believes in this vision, I am convinced that we must take immediate action to remove the barriers preventing African women and girls from fully participating in the digital revolution. It's time to create an enabling environment for technology-driven entrepreneurship and empower women to thrive in the digital world. 



“technology has the power to drive economic growth and transform lives across the continent. However, amidst this progress, we must acknowledge that not everyone is benefiting equally.”

The digital and technology sectors in Africa are booming, growing faster than anywhere else in the world. It's amazing to witness how digital markets and ICTs are expanding access to markets and creating job opportunities at an unprecedented rate. Africa, with its rapidly growing youth population and a soaring demand for mobile phones, is poised for even greater growth. The potential is immense, and I am excited about the positive changes that lie ahead.



In 2019, African startups made history by raising $2 billion in venture capital funding, signaling the tremendous interest and confidence from investors in Africa's tech scene. It's clear that technology has the power to drive economic growth and transform lives across the continent. However, amidst this progress, we must acknowledge that not everyone is benefiting equally.


We must celebrate the growth of the tech sector while actively working towards inclusivity."

African women still face significant barriers when it comes to participating in the digital economy as creators and consumers of technology. This realization deeply concerns me. If we do not address this issue, the existing gender inequalities in earnings, wealth, and leadership will only worsen. As someone passionate about equality and social justice, I am committed to ensuring that African women have an equal opportunity to succeed in the tech sector. 



I am inspired by the potential of the digital economy to bring positive change, but I also recognize the challenges we need to overcome. We must celebrate the growth of the tech sector while actively working towards inclusivity. It is crucial to create an environment where African women can unleash their potential, foster innovation, and contribute to sustainable economic development that benefits everyone.


To achieve this, we need to break down the barriers that hold women back and ensure they have equal access to education, training, and resources in the digital realm. By empowering African women in the tech sector, we can bridge the gender gap, promote diversity, and create a more equitable society. Together, we can build a digital landscape where every African, regardless of gender, has the opportunity to thrive and shape a brighter future.


Ian Mangenga

Founder + CEO

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