SXSW: Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development

Internews VP for Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs, Deborah Ensor will speak on a panel at the 19th annual SXSW Interactive festival on March 12 in Austin, Texas

Image for SXSW: Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development

The festival, which takes place March 9-13, features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.

The "Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development" panel provides a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development. The panel aims to dispel the myths about African women as breeders and victims -- incapable of participating in their own continent’s development, by: (1) showcasing contributions they are making in the technology field – through entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and community leadership; and (2) providing insights into how they are using technology to raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.

The panel will specifically explore how African women are using technology to make an impact through:

  • Digital advocacy to protect people’s rights
  • Social media to help grassroots organizations engage new supporters worldwide
  • Mobile advertising to enable small businesses to access new markets
  • Internet connectivity to integrate the often unheard community voices into the global conversation on development

Throughout the discussion, panelists will provide anecdotes on how the resulting increased access to information, is altering the role of women in African society.

More information

Africa.com blog post by Liz Ngonzi - why you should come to the panel

Related Stories

  • Women in the DRC Learn to Report on Local Issues

    two men and two women sit at a table, writing.
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Due to violence and poverty, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is considered one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a woman. It is ranked 186th out of 187 countries on UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index.

    According to Anna Mayimona Ngemba, Director of the Congolese Union of Women in Media, only 19% of print journalists in the DRC are women. 27% of sources and voices on TV were women, 22% on radio and only 16% in print media.

  • National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Young Photographers in Sarajevo

    Two young students look through cameras.
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    A group of Bosnian youth will have the opportunity to tell their stories through photography during National Geographic Photo Camp Sarajevo, June 11-16, 2015. The camp will highlight the commonalities and issues shared by young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20 years after the Dayton Accords were signed.

Research & Publications