“Anna Secka Saine is currently the Senior  ISP/Data manager at QCell, Gambia Ltd. and manages both the GSM/GPRS Data and ISP networks. She has held this position for the past three years. She has also been working with NSRC for the past three years as a part-time Network Engineer and Trainer.

Anna has been working with AfNOG since 2005 as an instructor as well as supporting their website. She also helped in setting up QuantumNET, the first private ISP in the Gambia. She is a member of ISOC and also a founding member and advisor to Gamchix (Women in Tech Group) in the Gambia. She mentors other women in STEM and has been actively involved in AfCHIX since 2014.

Anna holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering (with focus in Computer Engineer) from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.”


Les africaines et la technologique en Afrique : Qu’elle place pour la femme ?

Les TIC ont apportés d’importantes révolutions  dans les pays en développement et notamment en Afrique. On doit donc se poser la question de savoir quels sont les avantages que bénéficient les femmes dans notre sociétés minés par les problèmes d’inclusion et d’exclusion sociale  généralisés ? Quels sont les usages qu’en font les femmes africaines de la technologie ?

La femme et l’usage  TIC en Afrique

En Afrique, les femmes utilisent les TIC dans plusieurs domaines. Il l’utilise dans la facilitation de leur propre autonomisation. Elle l’utilise également pour offrir un service de téléphonie mobile dans les localités déshérités,  avec à l’appui la création de plusieurs opportunités d’emplois grâce à l’accès de tous à l’internet. Dans l’ouvrage «  Accès des femmes au nouveau média » Présenté par Mme Gisèle GUIGMA un ouvrage qui se fonde sur les incidences d’un vaste projet de recherche dans le cadre duquel des universitaires et des militants ont étudié la situation au sein de leurs collectivités et pays respectifs au moyen d’une recherche sur le terrain originale. Il en ressort  que :

Les TIC ont le potentiel de lier de façon numérique chaque femme dans le monde au sein d’un réseau qui ouvre des possibilités infinies d’échange d’information. Outre cela, elles utilisent ce canal :

  • pour faire un travail en réseau pour le plaidoyer politique
  • pour faire un travail en réseau pour le commerce
  • utilisent les applications commerciales presque autant que les hommes

Ce qui oblige le secteur commercial à attirer les femmes des pays en développement dans des centres commerciaux mondiaux.


Les femmes qui innovent dans les TIC en Afrique Francophone

Bien vrai que les femmes aient tendance à adopter cette nouvelles technologies plus lentement, ils convient de retenir qu’elles l’utilisent à des fins utiles nous en voulons pour preuves,  entre autres EDITH BROU qui est l’une des meilleurs bloggeuses en Côte d’ivoire qui compte à son actif un bon nombre de fellowers. On peut également citer par exemple Evelyn Namara  qui a fondé Vouch Digital, une start-up technologique utilisant les données et les paiements numériques pour transformer les programmes d’accès au cash en Ouganda et au-delà.


Les technologies de l’information et de la communication sont des outils indispensables pour l’égalité genre en Afrique car elles créent de nouveaux emplois et opportunités, mettent fin à l’isolement et permettent à la gente féminine d’avoir une vision plus large de sa part à apprendre dans la construction de différent pays. Quitte aux différents Etat de facilité à la population l’accès a ses outils indispensables pour le développement.


African and technology in Africa: What does it place for women?

ICTs have brought major revolutions in developing countries, particularly in Africa. We must therefore ask ourselves what benefits we derive in our societies undermined by the problems of social inclusion and exclusion are widespread. What uses do African women make of them?


Women and ICT use in Africa

In Africa, women use ICTs in several areas. They use it in facilitating their own empowerment. They also use it to offer mobile telephone services in underprivileged localities, with the support of the creation of several employment opportunities -thanks to universal access to the internet. In “Women’s Access to New Media” presented by Ms Gisèle  GUIGMA, a book based on the implications of an extensive research  project in which academics and activists studied the situation in their respective communities and countries through original field research, it emerged that:

ICTs have the potential to digitally link all women in the world into a network that opens infinite possibilities for information exchange. In addition, they use this channel:

– to network for political advocacy

– to network for trade

– use commercial applications almost as much as men

This forces the commercial sector to attract women from developing countries to global shopping centres.


Women innovating in ICT in Francophone Africa

Although women tend to adopt this new technology more slowly, they should remember that they use it for useful purposes. We can cite as evidence among others; EDITH BROU who is one of the best bloggers in Côte d’Ivoire who has a good number of followers. Another example is Evelyn Namara who founded Vouch Digital, a technology start-up using digital data and payments to transform cash access programs in Uganda and beyond.


Information and communication technologies are indispensable tools for gender equality in Africa because they create new jobs and opportunities, end isolation and allow women to have a broader vision of their part to learn in building different countries. From the different States of ease to the population access has its indispensable tools for development.


Madhvi Gokool speaker of ais 2018 in dakar

Madhvi Gokool joined AFRINIC in 2010 and now holds the position of Registration Services Manager. She has been involved in interactions with the AFRICAN community as part of her duties , in the field of capacity building around the adoption of public IPv4/IPv6 resources on the AFRINIC continent.  Madhvi is also a  speaker at technical events on the AFRICAN continent , notably iweek(South Africa),  AfPIF forums and AFRINIC public policy meetings as well as other national events in AFRINIC.


Prior to joining AFRINIC, Madhvi worked at Enterprise Information Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of the largest conglomerate , Rogers Ltd in Mauritius .


Madhvi holds a Bsc Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Natal, South Africa.



Agnes Limo Speaker of AIS 2018 in Dakar

Agnes Limo is the Senior Manager-Home Technology and Customer Support. She is responsible for executing the strategy and objectives for connecting Homes with broadband internet using Fiber Optic and Wireless Technologies, preparing the platforms towards Triple Play, Smart Homes and, Home Automation and ensuring customer support to give unmatched experience.


She leads a cross functional team of talented tech savvy colleagues and works directly with stakeholders and partners that include equipment manufacturers, Fiber service providers/Contractors and public and regulatory authorities. Agnes loves helping her team achieve their best by championing several initiatives to improve culture, inclusion and employee engagement, and giving back to the community through Diversity & Inclusion for Persons With Disabilities, Women In Technology program (encouraging girls to have an interest in STEM and pursue careers in Technology), 100% Humanness at Work (To build an environment at work that ensures staff have a sense of belonging and feel appreciated).


Agnes is a loving Wife to John and the proud mom of three children – Abby, 10, Adelaide, 7, and Andrew, 4. Agnes has a BSC-Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Nairobi and a proud Alumni of Moi Girls-Eldoret.


She has participated in Transformative Research towards early detection of Flash Floods and Droughts as a Microwave expert; Title: Towards Real-time Monitoring of Convective Rainfall over Kenya, using Terrestrial Microwave Links and Meteosat Second Generation. She pursues other initiatives towards providing Child Online Safety and Growth for Women in Business.


Agnes likes to cook for her family and is currently sharpening her skills in baking and cake decoration.


Evelyn Namara speaker of ais 2018 in dakar

Evelyn works with the Internet Society as the Policy Outreach Fellow, In her role she works closely on issues related to human rights and access. She’s also involved in the Community Networks and Internet Governance campaign work at the Internet Society.


Evelyn founded Vouch Digital a technology start-up using data and digital payments to transform cash-based programs in Uganda and beyond.  The Company’s flagship product; The M-Voucher (Mobile Voucher) system has been used by large development agencies to manage the distribution of agricultural products across Uganda.


M-Voucher is a 2016 World Summit Award winning product in the category of fighting poverty, hunger and disease. The product also won at the Uganda Communications Commission’s ACIA awards 2017 in the ICT for development category as well as at the MTN Innovation Awards 2017, winning in the Best Agriculture product category. Evelyn also won the prestigious outstanding woman in Innovation awards at the MTN Innovation Awards.


Evelyn is an Anita Borg ABIE Change Agent Award winner – 2012; recognized for her role in empowering women and girls in technology. She also sits on the Change Agent ABIE Award selection committee as the current chair of the committee.


Evelyn is an Acumen East Africa fellow as well as an IDEX fellow and spent six months in India as part of the fellowship program working for an education technology social enterprise start-up building a chain of after school learning centers across Bangalore and Kolkata.


Evelyn is greatly interested in Internet governance work especially in understanding the impact of Internet Governance in attaining the sustainable development goals.


She has a Bsc. in Computer Science from Makerere University in Uganda as well as many IT industry certifications.



Les femmes et les nouvelles révolutions technologiques au xxième siecle

La révolution numérique qui s’est annoncée depuis le siècle passé a connu de véritables et ultrarapides avancés depuis le début du 21ème siècle. L’internet des objets, la digitalisation des domaines de développement, et la mutation répétée des différentes innovations dans les secteurs du développement des communautés des pays en développement, ont gagné les différents laboratoires, start-up, universités, académies, etc.


Le milieu en constant changement semble par contre dominé par les hommes. Des innovations d’hommes affluent de jour en jour les systèmes d’information et canal de distribution des informations et innovations. Le constat est le même au niveau des pays avancés comme celui des pays moins avancés. En région Francophone d’Afrique, la règle est la même et reste inchangée. Les innovations quittant les laboratoires de conception pour les sphères d’implémentation et le marché d’usage sont majoritairement attribués aux hommes. Peut-être que les hommes sont les chefs des organisations qui présentent bon nombre de ces innovations qui révolutionnent nos vies mais une bonne partie des ingénieurs, des graphistes, des concepteurs et des conseillers en marketing et en user experience sont des femmes.


Portrait de quelques prouesses de femmes d’Afriques francophones dans les TICs

Tout comme en famille et dans les sociétés socioculturelles, les femmes comme au niveau de l’industrie technologique, sont le socle des processus de développement. Plusieurs technologiques trouvent leur quintessence (sont inventés et conçus) parce que les femmes en ont besoin mais sont créées avec réussite grâce aux femmes et/ou par les femmes. Les services et produits technologiques trouvés en région francophone doivent leur succès à la participation de plusieurs femmes ; à titre illustratif Isocel SA fournisseur de services internet, réussit à donner satisfaction aux utilisateurs du Bénin, du Togo, du Niger, du Sénégal grâce à Elzie ADISSIN, la Responsable Commerciale & Marketing, de la firme.


Par ailleurs, un nombre importants de femmes travaillent à digitaliser les services urgents pour faciliter la vie aux femmes et aux hommes qui gagneraient davantage en temps, et en produits et services de qualité. Masha AKRE, CEO AFRODICT CÔTE D’IVOIRE, Kadidja NIANG, Fondatrice MashaNiang, Annicelle Reine KUNGNE, Co Fondatrice et Directrice Financière Infinity Space, et Raodath AMINOU, Fondatrice OptiMiam, sont des femmes reconnues qui ont travaillé non seulement à révolutionner totalement la vie des communautés d’Afrique Francophone mais aussi au développement de technologies qui révolutionnent également l’ère technologique. La première créa et continue de perfectionner la plateforme AFRODICT : une plateforme de réservation et de mise en relation des professionnels de la beauté avec les clientes. La plateforme dispose également d’un service après-vente qui permet aux usagers de noter la prestation du professionnel de la beauté et de le/la recommander ou non. La seconde a créé sa startup MishaNiang, une application mobile qui valorisera les produits artisanaux du continent africain et permettra aux clients de commander une vaste gamme d’articles de maroquinerie qu’ils conceptualisent et personnalisent, mettant ainsi en avant la créativité et le goût au cœur du produit.


Anicelle Reine KUNGE est la reine du fintech, avec le WeCashUp système de paiement universel de la start-up Infinity Space et adapté à la population africaine majoritairement non-bancarisée. Avec la solution WeCashUp la population africaine peut désormais effectuer des paiements en ligne via le mobile money. Raodath AMINOU se bat contre le gaspillage, elle a fondé en 2014 OptiMiam, une application d’innovation de service qui fait la mise en relation entre consommateurs et commerçants pour la vente des produits frais afin de lutter contre le gaspillage alimentaire. Trois (3) années plus tard, une quinzaine de tonnes de repas ont été sauvées grâce aux partenariats avec huit cent (800) commerçants et deux cent mille (200.000) utilisateurs de l’application.

Les initiatives de femmes leaders se multiplient et impactent dans les TICs

Les femmes dans leur participation à l’ère numérique et technologique, ne se limitent pas à la création de services et produits facilitant la résolution de certains problèmes de société. A l’instar de AfChix promue par la Leader Dorcas Muthoni et qui est un hub de valorisation et de formations des femmes en technologie, plusieurs autres incubateurs, hub, initiatives de femmes leaders se multiplient et impactent, contrairement à certaines initiatives des hommes, des millions de personnes de différentes communautés. Ces initiatives sont les centres de promotion et de formation de plusieurs autres femmes. Les incubateurs de femmes et les femmes incubées proposent des solutions au quotidien, des solutions qui nous rendent la vie plus que facile.


Si vous avez envie de connaître davantage sur les initiatives d’incubations, de formations et de promotion de femmes en technologie n’hésitez pas à rejoindre AfChix pour profiter de ses opportunités.


Women and new technological revolution 21th century

Women and new technological revolution 21th century

The digital revolution that has emerged since the last century has experienced real and ultrafast advanced since the beginning of the 21th century. The Internet of Things, the digitization of development areas, and the repeated mutation of different innovations in the development sectors for communities in developing countries, have won the different laboratories, start-ups, universities, academies, etc.


The constantly changing environment seems to be dominate by men. Men’s innovations are flowing from day to day information systems and information distribution channel and innovations. The situation is the same in Advanced Developed Countries as in the Least Developed Countries. In Francophone Africa, the rule is the same and remains unchanged. Innovations who leaving the design laboratories for the implementation sphere and the use market are mostly attribute to men. Maybe men are the leaders of the organizations that have many of these innovations that are revolutionizing our lives, but a lot of the engineers, graphic designers, designers, marketing consultants and user experience are women.


Portrait of some prowess of francophone Africa women


In addition, just like in family and in socio-cultural societies, women, as well as in the technological industry, are the bedrock of development processes. Many technologies find their quintessence (are invented and designed) because women need them; but they are created successfully by women, thanks to them. Technological services and products found in the Francophone Africa region owe their success to the participation of several women. As an illustration, Isocel SA, an internet service provider, has been able to satisfy users in Benin, Togo, Niger and Senegal thanks to Elzie ADISSIN, the Sales & Marketing Manager of the firm.


In addition, a significant number of women are working to digitize urgent services to make life easier for women and men who would gain more in time and quality products and services. Masha AKRE, CEO AFRODICT CÔTE D’IVOIRE, Kadidja NIANG, Founder MashaNiang , Annicelle Reine KUNGNE, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Infinity Space , and Raodath AMINOU, Founder OptiMiam , are some recognized women who have worked not only to completely revolutionize the life of Francophone African communities but also to develop technologies that are also revolutionizing the technological era. The first created and continued to perfect the AFRODICT platform: a platform for booking and connecting beauty’s professionals with clients. The platform also has an after-sales service that allows users to rate the performance of the beauty’s professional and to recommend it or not.


The second created its startup MishaNiang , a mobile application that will highlight the craft products of the African continent and allow customers to order a wide range of leather goods that they conceptualize and personalize, thus highlighting the creativity and taste of heart of the product .

Anicelle Reine KUNGE is the queen of fintech, with WeCashUp universal payment system of the Infinity Space start-up and adapted it to the African population mostly unbanked. With the WeCashUp solution the African population can now make online payments via mobile money. Raodath AMINOU fights against waste, in 2014 she founded OptiMiam , a service innovation application that connects consumers and merchants for the sale of fresh produce in order to fight against food waste. Three (3) years later, some fifteen tons of meals were save thanks to partnerships with eight hundred (800) merchants and two hundred thousand (200,000) users of the application.


Women leaders’ initiatives multiply and have an impact in ICTs

Women in their participation in the digital and technological age are not limited to the creation of services and products facilitating the resolution of certain social problems. Like AfChix promoted by the Leader Dorcas Muthoni, which is a hub for the valorization and training of women in technology, several other incubators, hubs, initiatives of women leaders are multiplying and impact, contrary to certain initiatives of men, millions of people from different communities. These initiatives are the promotion and training centers of several other women. Women’s incubators and incubated women offer everyday solutions, solutions that make life easier for us.

If you want to know more about the initiatives of incubations, trainings and promotion of women in technology, you can join AfChix to access their opportunities.