Digital Centers to empower women in Africa and France
“Women’s Digital Centers” is an initiative organized by Orange Foundation to empower and train women for economic independence with the support of digital technologies. The program, launched in 2015 has already achieved the creation of 20 digital centers throughout the African continent – in countries such as Madagascar, Cameroon, Tunisia or Côte d’Ivoire – and will now be widening its scope to France.
In the beginning of 2016, the company Orange called for local non-governmental organizations and other civil groups to submit their projects for building more women´s digital centers. Chosen projects both from rural and urban communities will be eligible to receive training from volunteer Orange employees and funding for acquiring technical equipment such as computers, laptops and tablets.
By providing women from marginalized communities with this sort of technologies and proper training, it is expected for them to be better prepared for micro-entrepreneurial success. Participants are to be taught how to use basic software and utilize technology devices as a tool for getting involved in income-generating activities.
The international call for proposals was opened in February and will end in March the 15th. Apply at the Orange Foundation Website.