The 2018 edition of the competition dedicated to girls who are active in Information and Communication Technologies (Jiggen Ci TIC, in Wolof) will soon know its epilogue. After a Bootcamp that took place on July 30th and 31st, the 5 finalist projects are now known.
“Njureel”, which focuses on women’s reproductive health, leads the way. The carrier of this platform which is still at the idea of theory is said to be sensitive to the fact that “Africa records the highest mortality rate, compared to European countries”. A situation that Awa Ndiaye, a second-year student at the Multinational Telecommunications School (ESMT) attributed to a “lack of assistance, distance, lack of information and lack of resources.”
“Njureel” to change the game
And to make things change, Mademoiselle Ndiaye, 21, specialized in management and digital economy, said she is very sensitive to the fate of these many African women who lose their lives by giving life. Hence the initiative to “create a remote monitoring platform allowing the doctor to remotely follow patients in a state of pregnancy”. The solution will be declined in two versions, Web and mobile where the woman “will register, inform her general information. And for our part, we will give him the date of his last period and the count in terms of the evolution of his condition for a very regular follow-up “, explains the one who participates for the first time, this year, in the contest Jiggen Ci TIC.
The winners will receive financial support, computer equipment and coaching
For the coordinator of the gender unit of the Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, Posts and the Digital Economy, the spirit of the training organized at the end of July at the same time as the pre-selection of the 5 finalists, is “d ‘ get girls to sell their projects, raise funds and seek partners. Which requires good communication skills, “argues Bitilokho Ndiaye who says,” it’s just a start “while waiting for the coaching and networking support provided, the awards ceremony for the laureates in the final scheduled early September in Dakar. And to correct the gaps of girls, evaluation sheets are distributed each year to see “what is better and what has been done well,” said Marie-Madeleine Diédhiou, assistant to the organization of the ICT Jiggen Ci.
Sonatel among strategic partners in promoting girls in ICT
The National Telecommunications Company of Senegal (SONATEL) is one of the partners of choice of the contest. According to Rokhaya Solange Ndir, who is in charge of digital entrepreneurship and the promotion of start-ups, the incumbent operator has been supporting the Ministry of the Digital Economy for six years as part of the national competition for girls. Which can accelerate the career of these digital actresses “who have promising projects” with the intention of helping them to build skills. And in a few years, the situation has changed a lot, according to Rokhaya Solange Ndir, who says that at the beginning, “there were very few women interested in this area”. She gives the example of the program m – Woman whose first challenge had received only about twenty files against a hundred for the third edition this year. Conclusion … “With communication and pedagogy, women are becoming aware of the opportunity of ICTs that can help them develop their activities in order to empower themselves on all fronts”.