OUR IMPACT

W.TEC was one of the first organizations working in the gender and technology space in Nigeria. Since 2008, we have worked hard to educate the wider public about the importance of gender equality in technology through training, speaking at conferences, hosting public discussions, media interviews and presenting our results and alumnae.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 23,132 women & girls reached through technology camps, afterschool clubs & other programmes.
  • 36% of our camp alumna decided to pursue technology and science related degrees and careers as a direct result of attending the camp and the exposure to technology it afforded them.
  • Trained 120 youth as volunteer technology instructors
  • Over 1,800 women have started or grown business following SHE CAN WITH ICT trainings
  • Worked in 13 states across Nigeria
  • Supported 36 Nigerian public libraries to become more efficient information providers using technology
  • Over 1,000 people have attended W.TEC’s women & ICT-themed discussions
  • 34.6% of our alumnae are using their technology skills to generate income for themselves
  • 18,750 girls have learnt to use the web safely
  • 358 girls have been trained as film-makers

THE FIRSTS:

  • In 2008, W.TEC launched the first female-only technology camp in Nigeria
  • In 2010, W.TEC was awarded our first research grant by the International Research Development Centre (IDRC) to explore radio’s use as a tool for women’s empowerment. The results of this study contributed to empirical évidence used when WFM 91.7 (Women’s FM) – Nigeria’s first radio station for women – was set-up in 2015
  • In 2014, the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, W.TEC and WITIN designed and implemented the first nation-wide technology club for girls: the ‘Digital Girls Club’
  • In 2017, W.TEC launched its first Girls Camp outside Lagos
  • In 2017, W.TEC launched its first Kids Technology Camp
  • In 2017, W.TEC expanded the technology afterschool club to Primary School
  • In 2017, W.TEC was featured on Wikipedia on our own page:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Technology_Empowerment_Centre

YEAR-BY-YEAR NUMBERS:

  • In 2017, W.TEC reached 4,176 girls, teachers, officials and other stakeholders
  • In 2016, W.TEC reached 4, 261 girls, teachers, officials and other stakeholders
  • In 2015, W.TEC reached 5,016 women and girls through our programmes
  • In 2014, W.TEC reached 1,632 women and girls through our programmes; and 2,679 people through its speaking engagements
  • In 2013, W.TEC reached 2,207 women and girls; 21 teachers through its programmes; and no less than 612 people through its speaking engagements
  • In 2012, W.TEC reached 2,397 women and girls
  • In 2011, W.TEC reached 1,713 women and girls
  • In 2010, W.TEC reached 1,500 women and girls
  • In 2008 and 2009, W.TEC impacted 230 women and girls through programmes and 417 people via our online engagement

Awards & Honours:

  • 2018 & 2017 WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) Prizes Nominee – Category 4 (Capacity Building)
  • 2016 YNaija!’s Top 100 Young People in Technology Award for W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Lesi
  • 2015 Award Winner from Lagos State Government – “Support Our Schools” Initiative Corporate Social Responsibility Awards
  • 2014 Finalist – Gender Equality Mainstreaming – Technology (GEM-TECH) Award (Category 5: Closing the ICT Gender Gap) – http://bit.ly/13LoUsW
  • 2014 Vital Voices Fellowship for W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Somolu – http://bit.ly/1rYxl93
  • 2014 ‘Chosen Youth’ Leadership Award for W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Somolu – From LaRoche Foundation
  • 2014 Outstanding Role Model for W.TEC – From Africa Mouthpiece International Magazine
  • 2014 YNaija!’s Top 100 Young People in Technology Award for W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Lesi
  • 2013 Ashoka Fellowship for W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Somolu, awarded to leading global social entrepreneurs – http://bit.ly/14ssEA8
  • 2012 Naija Diamond Recognition by Diamond Bank & Inspire Africa – Recognition as a Nigerian change maker – http://bit.ly/1HRS20J
  • 2010 Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment & Restoration Initiative Award – For contributions to youth development
  • 2010 W.TEC used as Case Study of Use of Social Media for Advocacy by Tactical Technology Collective
  • 2009 Anita Borg Change Agent – For contributions to women in computing – http://bit.ly/1BCjlue
  • 2009 Highlighted as Best Practice for use of ICT for Community
  • Transformation by UN-GAID – http://bit.ly/3Qxx4k
  • 2009 Recognition for Supporting Girls in ICT by Plan International – http://bit.ly/5RowZ
  • 2008 African ICT Achievers Award (Nominee) – Johannesburg, South Africa