Ingressive For Good in partnership with the Geneza School of Design aims to empower 1000 African women in design
Ingressive for good, an ed-tech non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the purchasing power of young Africans by giving them technological skills, has taken a giant step towards fulfilling this mission by giving 1000 African women design skills to help them pursue careers in technology in partnership with Geneva School of Design.
On March 8, 2022, Ingressive for Good called for women interested in learning design skills to apply for the annual competition #1000WomenInDesign scholarship program. This scholarship program was the flagship #1000WomenInX program created to address the inequalities faced by women and address the disproportionate gender inequalities that exist in the tech industry. Additionally, the African Women in X Scholarship Program was created to expand access to technological education exclusively for women.
According to the UNESCO Science Report: By 2030, women in the tech industry will make up only 28% of professionals in the sector globally and barely 30% in sub-Saharan Africa. Companies with more women in leadership positions have been shown to achieve a 35% higher return on investment in technology. This has posed a significant concern as the lack of gender diversity negatively impacts individual tech companies and the tech sector.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2020 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) highlighted disproportionate inequalities in almost every tech-related employment sector – like cloud computing, engineering, data, marketing, AI and product development.
The women of Ingressive for Good came together and partnered with the women of the Geneza School of Design to help 1000 women learn design skills. The program will contribute its quota to close the gender equity gap in the design industry and empower women with design skills to ensure they are better prepared and positioned for opportunities in the space. design.
In 2021, the program received over 17,000 applications from 74 countries. This year, in just two weeks of opening, the program received over 19,000 applications as of 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2022. All applications were evaluated by a selection committee ensuring a high level of transparency based on the criteria of selection and have undergone rigorous selection. process to choose 1000 women to follow the design program. Each woman would be trained in one of three (3) key design skills – product design, graphic design and brand design. The training is scheduled to start on April 8, 2022.
Blessing Abeng, co-founder of Ingressive For Good, celebrated the 1000 winners and highlighted how each individual was carefully selected based on the selection criteria, thirst and quality of their application. She says:
“I’ve always been told that women don’t apply for things, but the WomenInX program repeats that narrative over and over again. We did no advertising and over 19,000 women applied. The thirst exists. These women want it badly, but most of them can’t afford the training they need, and that’s where we come in. It has broken our hearts so much to turn away over 17,000 women. we will find donors who would be happy to sponsor more women through this program. However, we are excited about the exceptional kick of 1000 women starting this journey. We know that their purchasing power will increase and contribute to social development. We started with 1,000 women as an organization, fully aware that 1,000 can become 10,000. Eventually, 1,000,000 women in Africa will have design or technology skills, and gradually, the gap will eventually close.
One of the 2021 beneficiaries of the program shared her story:
“My name is Marie Omoye Oiku – a 26-year-old who dreams of becoming a product designer. I love design and have always wanted to help individuals and businesses tell their story using design while giving back to society. I knew who I wanted to be, but I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to pursue a career in design, but I didn’t have the design skills I needed and most courses were expensive. Then one day I saw the opportunity and applied. I knew this design course would help me gain knowledge, start a career in technology, and help companies tell their stories through creative design. I was so thrilled the day I got the message that I had been chosen. I immediately took the training and did all my homework. The training was phenomenal. I learned so much from my tutor. Through this #1000- WomenInDesign program, I learned to express myself and tell stories using design. None of this would have been possible without the help of the Ingressive for Good scholarship.
“The images above are a few of my many assignments. I drafted a wireframe, designed a responsive website UI and did some prototyping. We were asked to create a responsive website for a hotel, where you can make reservations, confirm reservations, learn about the services they offer, and much more.I am grateful to Ingressive for Good and Geneza.
Speaking of the partnership with Ingressive for Good, Bolanle Banwothe founder of Geneza School of Design said:
“Through partnerships like this, Ingressive for Good truly delivers on its promise and delivers on its promise to empower young African women to realize their potential through the provision of lifelong learning opportunities like this. These goals align perfectly with our goal to empower 50,000 women across Africa over the next 5-10 years. With the growing number of unemployed youth, there is no better time to empower women than now. And we do this by introducing them to skills that can help them support themselves. We are excited to work with Ingressive for Good to empower young African women to compete with their tech peers on the global stage and demonstrate the tenacious and creative African spirit. We are so proud of the 1000 winners and can’t wait to see them graduate with flying colors, showing their skills to the world.
The famous winners of this year’s awards are spread across more than 80 countries. They are:
See the full list here.
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