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#eSkills4Girls – a challenge to all of us

Digital transformation is increasingly leading to digital gaps. Access to the Internet is more and more recognized as an important prerequisite for social and economic participation, yet around 200 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet worldwide. Women are also highly underrepresented in digital professions, and there are not enough visible role models for girls and young women who are interested in these professions.

The German government has under its G20 presidency in 2017 launched the initiative “#eSkills4Girls”, which includes several activities initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As part of this global initiative the Impact Hub network and the BMZ are conducting the #eSkills4Girls Challenge, supported by Google. The challenge aims to tackle the gender digital divide by increasing the participation of women and girls in the digital economy and will support startups, social enterprises, and NGOs who are already promoting women in tech and bear proven and scalable potential.

Teams will be selected from exploration workshops held in Accra, Manila, Odessa, and Sao Paolo to present at the Women 20 Summit in Berlin this April 2017. Winning teams will also receive a package of support from BMZ and Impact Hub to further scale their ideas.

Who are we looking for?

We are scouting for startups, social enterprises, NGOs who support the inclusion of women in the technology/digital sector. The project selection criteria includes scaling potential, impact model, proof of concept, and impact on female empowerment.

What’s in it for participants?

#eSkills4Girls consists of three parts:

1. Exploration Workshop

The exploration workshop is a two-day innovation workshop to explore local challenges & opportunities facing inclusion of women in technology, and support from expert mentors to refine ideas. The workshops will take place at the Impact Hubs in Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paolo. Two winning teams from each region will be selected to attend the Women20 Summit in Berlin.

Sign up here:
27. - 28. 03.2017

2. Impact Week & Women20 Summit in Berlin

 April 21 to 25, 2017

Travel and expenses paid trip to Berlin, to explore the social innovation ecosystem and further refine and implement ideas with global winners during a two-day Hackathon. Participants will attend and showcase their work at the Women20 Summit.

3. Mentoring

April to October 2017

Stay tuned in with the global social entrepreneurship network through access to mentorship and support at your local Impact Hub.

What is the #eSkills4Girls initiative?

The G20 see the economic empowerment of women as the key to economic growth and development. The interrelationship between gender and information and communication technologies (ICTs) has increasingly gained attention on the international agenda: SDG 4 on Education and SDG 5 on Gender equality are mutually reinforcing efforts to end the gender digital divide. Various initiatives from international organizations, from the private sector and civil society are playing a key role in turning the SDG pledges into reality. Germany aims to use its G20 presidency to give political momentum to women’s empowerment through ICTs. The objective of the initiative #eSkills4Girls is to contribute to improved digital skills and employment perspectives for girls and women in ICTs related jobs in emerging and developing countries.   Equal rights for men and women and equal access to opportunities, markets, education, - and to the Internet - are therefore indispensable as a guiding principle for all action. The Impact Hub network will support the #eSkills4Girls initiative and helps to increase the participation of women and girls in the digital economy. We strongly believe that this can be achieved through the implementation of social enterprises promoting women in tech with proven and scalable potential.

What is the Impact Hub network?

The Impact Hub network, with 90 locations and over 15,000 members, is the largest network of social innovation centers in the world. Here, professional network, co-working space and consulting services are combined around the topic of social innovation. With creativity and entrepreneurship, new solutions for social problems are developed and promoted. Through active networking, relevant events and consulting, an ecosystem was created around the question of what innovation can do for society.