Togo’s 2nd Female Leadership TechCamp

Group photo of participants with ministers and Charge d’affaires
Group photo of participants with ministers and Charge d’affaires

As part of its programs targeting youth advocacy and women’s empowerment, the Embassy of the United States of America, in cooperation with the Association for Education, Civics and Citizenship, is holding a technology camp for fifty Togolese women aged 18 to 35. The camp, called “Female Leadership TechCamp” takes place 25 to 28 March 2015 at the University of Lomé’s American Corner.  It aims to promote technology creation among young girls and promotes the emergence of new start-up technology companies. The Wednesday, March 25 opening ceremony was co-chaired by the U.S. Embassy Chargée d’affaires Ms. Dana Banks, Minister of Post and Digital Economy Mrs. Cina Lawson, and Minister of Social Action and Promotion of Women, Ms. Dedé A. Ekoué. Among the attendees and speakers were officials from Togo Cellular, Togo Telecom, La Poste, Moov-Togo and Café Informatique.  Ministers Lawson and Ekoué expressed pride in seeing so many young women interested in technology.  They pledged their full support and assistance to participant high-tech projects, as well as for improved connectivity on the university campus.  Ms. Banks urged young women to sacrifice during the exchange: “Dear friends, in the days to come, you will meet entrepreneurs and government officials who have dedicated their time to share know-how, technical skills, and advice. During the TechCamp, they and others will put you on the path to become entrepreneurs, ready to share new ideas, promote your projects, and achieve self-sufficiency.  You will also reinforce your leadership capabilities through sessions offered on motivation, elevator pitches and public speaking skills. You are the future of Togo.  And the United States is committed to supporting TechCamp and other initiatives that help young Togolese to improve their welfare and contribute to the well-being of your country, Africa, and the world.”  The “Female Leadership TechCamp” is in its second annual edition. It allows participants to learn, exhibit their work, expand their technological skills, and increase their value on the labor market in an interconnected world.

Ministers Lawson and Ekoue joined Charge Banks to congratulate participants
Ministers Lawson and Ekoue joined Charge Banks to congratulate participants.