Around the globe, young women are discovering new opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields through community training programs. However, the skills gap between men and women is still wide.
As the world becomes more reliant on a digital tech economy, African women’s lack of technical skills is undermining their capacity to achieve their economic potential and boost the prosperity of their communities. But though this reality is discouraging, both for African women and the continent’s—and eventually the world’s—economy, it can provide a promising new development opportunity for the region, provided the right steps are taken by leaders and the public alike.
This article was originally published on NextBillion.