Glovo partners Ministry of Communications and GI-KACE to train women in ICT

Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng
Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng

Glovo, the pioneering multi-category app, has joined hands with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization and the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT to launch an initiative aimed at bridging the gender gap in the tech industry.

The initiative, dubbed “The Women in Tech Bootcamp”, which is now in its first edition in Ghana, is a significant step towards providing young women with the skills and knowledge needed to increase their employability in the tech sector.

Research has shown that only 17 percent of tech-related jobs are held by women, hence the need for pragmatic approaches to help address the situation.

The Women in Tech Bootcamp initiative was therefore born out of the need to help reverse the gender gap trend in the tech industry, particularly in Ghana.

The Women in Tech Bootcamp, supported by Glovo, received over 3,000 applications from young Ghanaian women, out of which 100, aged between 22 and 35, have been selected to undergo training in technical skills.

Glovo's Regional Head of People in Africa, Rasheeda Seghosime, said Glovo was particularly interested in equipping women, especially young women, with relevant IT skills.

“As a prominent tech hub in Southern Europe and with a presence in various African markets, Glovo is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Our diverse team of female tech employees serves as essential role models for aspiring women in tech. Our vibrant and innovative office spaces worldwide provide a window into the dynamic world of tech, inspiring women to see themselves thriving in this industry,” she said.

For her, “Glovo's commitment to empowering women in tech is made possible through its collaboration with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization and the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Training Center. Their invaluable support has been instrumental in making this project a reality”.

Ms. Seghosime said the company believes in the power of education, collaboration, and commitment to shape a more inclusive and diverse tech landscape.

The Director General for the GI-KACE, Dr. Collins Yeboah-Afari, explained that the Center is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse tech industry where women can thrive and excel.

He commended Glovo for financing the project to enable women to break through the barriers they face in the tech sector.

This initiative is a testament to the potential for transformation when industry, government, and education come together to empower women in tech.

The Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng, who spoke on behalf of the sector minister, expressed the commitment of the ministry to inspire more girls and young women to consider pursuing programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

She explained that the Ministry had introduced many young girls to career opportunities in the ICT field, encouraging them to embrace the vast opportunities in the industry.

She commended Glovo and the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications for their support, saying such support had made it possible for 100 women to overcome the barriers they often face in the tech sector through data analytics training.

She added that numerous career opportunities await the participants because of the knowledge they have acquired.

"With this sponsored training by Glovo and support from MoCD and GI-KACE, this program has provided a unique opportunity for our women to acquire essential digital skills, particularly in the field of data analytics," said Ms. Boateng.

Source: Graphic Online