Context: While the gender gap in information and communications technology (ICT) is slowly closing, the discrepancy between males and females who study ICT in higher education remains. In 2010, 84% of the students graduating in computer science/ICT programs at Ghana’s University of Cape Coast were male and 16% were female. The belief that ICT is and should remain a male-dominated field is reinforced by the scarcity of female ICT teachers in schools. Without such female role models, girls are less likely to believe that they can excel in ICT.
Organization: Founded in 2005, Savana Signatures builds the ICT skills of female teachers and youth in an effort to increase access to information and job opportunities and challenge gender stereotypes.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 3rd grant to Savana Signatures will provide basic information and communication technology (ICT) training to 100 primary school girls and training in programming and coding to 20 junior high school girls through the Tech Girls Program, while also strengthening the program’s mentoring component and the organization’s monitoring and evaluation capabilities.