International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made toward gender equity, call for change, and celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more inclusive future.
To mark the day, the Mastercard Foundation celebrates women and girls in our community and partners who challenge the status quo and break down barriers that keep women from achieving their full potential. Technology has the power to connect young women to employment opportunities, financial services and mobile money, business support services, education, health services, and more. Without access to these technologies, young women and girls are at risk of falling behind. Bridging the gender digital divide helps empower girls and young women by equipping them with digital skills that will enable them to participate and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
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In a new video series, we highlight women’s voices in Ghana’s growing tech ecosystem on closing the digital gender gap. The Mastercard Foundation’s Gender and Safeguarding Community of Practice (CoP) interviewed program participants to showcase the instrumental role of women in Africa’s digital transformation. In the first episode of the series, young women discuss actions needed to improve women’s access to technology.
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Drawing from the Secondary Education in Africa Report, this brief takes a gendered look at young people’s preparedness for work, specifically girls and young women.