Every year, while the month of March is celebrated as Women’s Month, March 8th is specifically set aside as International Women’s Day for the celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. A call for gender parity also equals a call for the empowerment of young girls, and this year we were excited to partner with Microsoft Nigeria to mark International Women’s Day celebration with a two-day DigiGirlz Camp program for 100 girls selected from secondary schools across Lagos. The DigiGirlz Camp, is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives secondary school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.
Over the two days, we had a total of 112 girls from 8 secondary schools in Lagos come in and engage with Microsoft employees, learn 3D Printing and Basic Coding technology as well as participate in an interactive panel session that featured three senior women in Tech – Bolanle Banwo of ‘The Female Designer Movement’, Tolulope Falola, Co-founder DigiScape Solutions, and Folusho Gbadamosi, Director, Business Process & Technology, Prime Atlantic Group.