International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

The theme for 2019 International Women’s Day 2019 is: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ The focus of the theme was on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society.
Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind. From urban planning that focuses on community safety to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to women and girls, affordable and quality childcare centers and technology shaped by women, innovation can take the race for gender equality to its finishing line by 2030.

It begins by making sure that women’s and girls’ needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations. It means building smart solutions that go beyond acknowledging the gender gaps in addressing the needs of men and women equally. And ultimately, it needs innovations that disrupt business as usual, paying attention to how and by whom technology is used and accessed, and ensuring that women and girls play a decisive role in emerging industries.

Join us as we celebrate a future in which innovation and technology create unprecedented opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems, efficient services, and sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and gender equality.
Join us today as we celebrate some Startup Anambra women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams, and their boundless strengths.
Happy International Women’s Day Celebration from All of us @StartupAnambra!
Convener, Startup Anambra & CEO, Bigcode

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