We were honored to participate in the 4th edition of the DIGITAL WOMEN FESTIVAL held from 02 to 07 March 2023 and organized by African Women In Tech Startups (AfricanWITS) partners of XOESE considered as one of the most dynamic organizations of the Cameroonian digital scene initiated the Digital Women Festival which is positioned as a Pan-African event in the reduction of the gender technology divide by relying on the objectives of the theme of the international women’s day 2023.

For five (5) days stakeholders gathered around the theme: “For an inclusive digital world: innovation and technologies to empower women and girls to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAF)” with the aim of presenting the challenges of access to inclusive and transformative technologies and digital education to accelerate the growth of women-led businesses in the context of the ZLECAF.

Specific Objectives:

Under this major objective are several specific objectives that accompanied the work of the various parties throughout the five (5) days.

  • Advocacy with African governments, institutions and development actors on the establishment of an investment fund for digital inclusion and access to ICTs for women under the ZLECAF;
  • Advocate with actors in the telecommunications, digital finance, banking, postal, transport and logistics sectors to take into account the specific needs of women’s businesses in their products and services for a better inclusion of women in the digital economy;
  • Build capacity in the strategic use of information and communication technologies and facilitate access to digital tools and telecommunications services for 300 women entrepreneurs in the field of processing, production, agriculture, handicrafts, innovative services Made in Africa, including 30 representatives from other ZLECAF countries.
  • Launch the digital mapping project to reference the Made in Africa products of women’s businesses with high potential within the framework of the ZLECAF zone.

You can read the presentation file of the Digital Woman Festival and our speech at the official opening ceremony and inaugural conference.