Intel For Women Technology Empowerment
Intel is on a women empowerment mission and there’s no stopping it. Intel’s goal is to reduce the technology-gender gap of digital literacy by empowering 5 million women in Africa and beyond through the Intel She Will Connect program. To date, 50,000 women have been trained using mobile apps, online resources and old-school classroom training. We had the honour and privilege of talking to some of the women within the Intel She Will Connect program.
Fortunate Moya is thirty-five years old and based in Ivory Park. She shares her Intel She Will Connect experience,”I came into this program knowing absolutely nothing about computers and technology. I was unemployed because my contract at Cash Converters ended and was not renewed. I joined the Intel She Will Connect project on 14 January 2016 and my life has never been the same since. Now I know the different components of a computer and how they all function together, I can Google online and also use the functions of my smartphone with the greatest of ease.”
Twenty-five year old Kgomotso Mashila from Ivory Park was over the moon and only too happy to share her Intel She Will Connect experience,”I was working at a company called NVEO Technology however they closed operations this side and relocated their business to KZN so I was left jobless and just chilled at home. I heard of the Intel She Will Connect program through a friend and I came to the centre to get more information. It’s the best decision of my life…EVER!”
Maria is an Intel She Will Connect facilitator and she’s also a volunteer of the Environmental program. Mariah joined the program in October 2015. Although she’s only twenty-two years of age, she sells fish and chicken runaways on the street close to her home over the weekends. She lives in Ivory Park with her mother, father, 7 siblings and her father’s second wife. She passionately shares her experience of the Intel She Will Connect program,”What I love most about being an Intel She Will Connect facilitator is meeting different people because they all teach me something new and I love learning and growing. Communities here at Ivory Park mostly have a disadvantaged background and most women who unemployed just sit at home and do nothing, I’m grateful for this amazing opportunity because I now know how to use a computer and I have a better understanding of technology. it’s way better than staying home and doing nothing.I’m forever grateful to Intel and all it’s partners for changing my life for the better”
thirty-two year old Nthabiseng Nene lost her job at a call centre in August 2015. Although computer literacy and training is not new to her, the Intel She Will Connect program has given her a broader understanding of computers. She tells us,”The Intel She Will Connect project is more than just about equipping us technology-wise – it truly changes lives. We can advertise businesses with the knowledge that we have and we also impart knowledge to others and invite them too. When I arrived here in January 2016, I thought my situation was bad but I learnt that there are other people out there who’s situations are worse. I’ve learnt things about myself that I didn’t know. For example, i enjoy public speaking and addressing crowds about what we do at the Intel She Will Connect program. I thought I was reserved until I met Vuyelwa here at the program and got to interact with other ladies. Really, we are thankful to God and Intel for empowering us.
Vuyelwa Precious Sibisi
Twenty-six year old Vuyelwa started the Intel She Will Connect program in July 2016. She’s a social butterfly and loves social media. She heard of the Intel She Will Connect program over Facebook and followed up with a friend was already busy getting empowered within the program. She shares, “I used to work at a call centre and my contract ended so I was unemployed for a while. I was pregnant however I lost my baby boy soon after his birth. The Intel She Will Connect program is life-changing – it helped me get out of that depression and empowered me with technology in amazing ways.
For more information on the program, head over to the Intel® She Will Connect Africa website.