I was privileged to participate in this summit as well — together with seven other women in technology from my community in Ghana. The community networks workshop created needed awareness on how disadvantaged communities could design, develop, and maintain their own telecommunications infrastructure to connect them to the digital society. Some participants also shared how the digital security workshop had impacted their online personal security practices. The summit organizers encouraged all the participants to add their profiles on the Summit Wiki as this would enable the participants to collaborate later. In my view this summit was able to achieve its objectives. I am grateful to the World Wide Web Foundation, the Internet Society, and the Association for Progressive Communications for facilitating the participation of me and my community.
Study finds 'huge' fall in FGM rates among African girls - BBC News
In areas where there is high poverty and decades of conflict, girls face enormous challenges that limit their ability to get the education they deserve. A few of these challenges include:. The reasons women and girls are missing out on education are complex, but the need is straightforward. Without basic literacy, numeracy or practical skills, let alone a complete education, women are not able to provide for themselves and their families. Denying women and girls education can also prevent them from participating in family and community discussions, which makes it harder to address the attitudes and practices that so negatively impact on their lives. Creating long term change for women and girls requires addressing the systems and approaches that exclude them from education.