Coalition for Digital Equality (CODE), has today announced opening nominations for the inaugural ‘Digital Equality Awards’ in Uganda and Ghana —to recognize digital impact makers in order to promote and amplify their work.
The awards look to acknowledge individuals and organizations who are enabling digital skills, innovation, and knowledge to improve the lives of African women, youth, marginalized groups, and communities.
While launching the inaugural awards, Eunice Baguma Ball, Ecosystem Development Consultant said, “A prosperous and inclusive digital Africa is possible if we pool our efforts and resources towards enabling digital inclusion as well as improving digital skills for women and girls across Africa. It is for this reason that we have launched the Digital Equality Awards to recognize, particularly, individuals and organizations in Uganda and Ghana for their continued efforts in this space.”
The Digital Equality Awards are in four categories;
1. Digital Skills Champion
The Digital Skills Champion recognizes individuals who are building the human capital and talent pool needed to drive digital transformation and innovation in Africa. The award seeks to acknowledge individuals who are creating impactful opportunities and spaces for women, youth, and marginalized groups to enhance their digital skills through training, workshops, e-Learning, and STEM education programs in Ghana or Uganda.
2. Digital Inclusion Innovator
The Digital Inclusion Innovator recognizes individuals who are using digital innovation, technologies, and entrepreneurship to build a more inclusive society. This award looks to acknowledge innovators in Uganda or Ghana whose solutions are solving pressing social challenges and helping to bridge the digital divide for women, youth, and marginalized groups.
3. Research and Knowledge Builder
The Research and Knowledge builder award recognizes individuals who have championed knowledge building and research that helps to drive digital inclusion as well as enhance digital skills and opportunities for women, youth, and marginalized groups in Ghana or Uganda.
4. Women’s Entrepreneurship & Investment Champion
The Women’s entrepreneurship and Investment champion award recognize individuals who are working to enable women entrepreneurs in Uganda or Ghana to access the support and investment they need to build thriving businesses, particularly within the digital sector.
The nominations are open from May 27th to June 27th, 2021 —and interested applicants can send in a submission to THIS LINK.
CODE is a network connecting local and global stakeholders to collaborate in addressing the digital gender divide and drive sustainable economic growth in Africa.
Starting in Uganda and Ghana, CODE is connecting African digital ecosystem actors with UK academic and industry partners. This is part of their mission to build a more equal and prosperous African digital future —as they recognize the work that individuals and organizations are doing to make the digital space more inclusive for women and girls.