​#WomeninIT: Google Celebrate Women’s Month Paying Tribute to African Tech-Enabled Change Makers

​#WomeninIT: Google Celebrate Women’s Month Paying Tribute to African Tech-Enabled Change Makers
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In celebration of South Africa's Women's Month, Google on 9th August 2023 rolled out drums to celebrate the nation's women spirit of resilience and resistance during the August 9th, 1956 women's protest against the discriminatory apartheid regime, a testament to the power of women.

On August 9th, 1956, over 20,000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in protest against legislation that required African women to carry passbooks. This brave act of defiance ignited a spark that would spread across the continent. 

This year, the tech giant marks Women's Month by spotlighting the trailblazing women who are leveraging the power of technology to redefine boundaries in their respective sectors and communities across Africa. Their work exemplifies the meaningful influence of a technology-driven future for the continent.

According to a study, 58% of businesses in Africa are women-led. Their ventures are as diverse as they are impactful, from sustainable fashion in Kenya to the disruption of the insurance industry in Cameroon and innovation in Kenya's logistics industry.

Earlier this year, Google introduced the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders in Africa and Hustle Academy for women entrepreneurs programs. These initiatives provided mentorship, investor networking, technical workshops, and training to women-led SMEs, thus fostering an empowering ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

In celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Month, Google has dropped the #WomeninIT video series, featuring six remarkable women who are breaking barriers in businesses using tech.

According to  Dorothy Ooko, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google, Africa:

"This Women's Month, we draw inspiration from the words of Malala Yousafzai, who said, 'We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.' The women featured in the #WomeninIT series embody this spirit as they push boundaries and challenge norms within their industries. Their resilience, innovation, and audacity extend beyond their achievements, sparking progress that benefits us all."

You can watch the series at goo.gle/WomeninIT.