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Digital technologies for women's empowerment in developing countries, by Follow'Her

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Digital technologies for women’s empowerment in developing countries, by Follow’Her

France 65 Contributors Launched May 11, 2016 Funding ends:15-03-2017
Project Funded

teamfollowher 

The new team members

THE CHALLENGE

Founded in 2014 by 5 HEC students, W4’s field partner Follow’Her promotes women’s empowerment in developing countries by harnessing digital technologies.

 

This year’s field mission brings together four friends from ESSEC – Manon, Rachida, Lorelie, and Ines – who aim to take Follow’Her’s work further and expand the Follow’Her community.

 

Digital technologies can be a powerful catalyst for women’s empowerment, enabling the widespread sharing of information and opening up possibilities for economic and social collaboration. Follow’Her aims to help women in developing countries to take full advantage of the vast range of digital opportunities that can contribute to women’s empowerment and also render women’s role in socioeconomic progress more visible.

 

In partnership with W4, Follow’Her’s mission in 2016 is to spotlight women changemakers in developing countries who are pioneering social enterprises that are effectively addressing local community needs. Follow’Her will assist the female entrepreneurs to harness digital technology to further develop and replicate their social enterprises.

The SOLUTIONS WE'RE PROPOSING

 

 

Follow’Her’s field mission will take place over a period of 6 months and will take the team to Africa and the Middle East. During their trip, Follow’Her will work with local female social entrepreneurs to help scale up and publicize their enterprises. Follow’Her will also help spotlight the innovative techniques and best practices of these female social entrepreneurs through a series of interviews and a documentary film.

 

In Tunisia, the team will work with another W4 field partner, Acacias For All, a social enterprise founded by Sarah Toumi (an Ashoka and Echoing Green Fellow). The project Acacias for All works to combat desertification, promote sustainable agriculture, and promote women’s social and economic empowerment in the Sfax region of Tunisia. The Follow’Her team will help to develop the digital component of this program, i.e., the creation of a website and MOOC to enable other female farmers in the region to replicate the model.

 

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Photo of the women participating in the Acacias for All program

 

In Kenya and Uganda, Follow’Her will work with Buffalo Grid, a social business originally founded in India, which uses solar energy to provide a mobile power and internet service to off-grid communities. A network of female solar-energy hub operators delivers the service to local communities. The previous Follow’Her team worked with Buffalo Grid in India, and this year Follow’Her will help Buffalo Grid to extend their services across Kenya and Uganda. The team will carry out market studies to optimize the implementation of Buffalo Grid in the region.

THE IMPACT OF GIVING

Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.” Ban Ki-Moon

 

Your donation will enable Follow’Her to carry out their field missions to provide capacity-building support for Buffalo Grid and Acacias for All, two wonderful organizations with huge potential but very limited resources.

 

By supporting Follow’Her’s field missions, you’re helping to ensure that women have the same digital opportunities as men. And by promoting women’s access to digital technologies (those that many people take for granted, such as mobile phones, computers, Internet), you’re not only helping to empower women — you’re also contributing to wider socioeconomic progress, which can benefit entire communities

 

Join Follow’Her and follow their exciting journey on  FacebookTwitter and their website.

Contributors

Zizi
United States

digital pow/her to the world!

Zizi
United States

Digital pow'her for the world!

Gaby
France

Elizabeth
United States

Best wishes in your efforts for 2017!

Wonder Women of
France

WWoW vous soutient !

Marie-Christine
France

Anonymous
France

Alice
France

Oraline
France

Louise
France

Emilien et Mélina
France

Sylvie
United States

michel
France

Karum
Brazil

Lorène
France

Edouard
France

Amira
France

Samira
France

Camille
France

Louis
Ethiopia

Igor
Japan

Driss
France

Marie
France

Sara
France

Stessie
France

Louis
France

Ahmed
France

Cécile
France

Anaïs
France

Laura
France

Anonymous
France

Marie
France

sabine
France

Anonymous
France

Merci pour contribuer à rendre les femmes plus indépendantes

APOLLINE
France

Anonymous
France

Louise
France

Nicole
France

Nicole
France

Brigitte
France

Philippe
France

ludovic
France

Jeanne
France

Louise
Spain

Apolline
France

Regis
France

Yann
France

Julia
France

Idoya
France

Anonymous
France

Sibylle
France

Bravo pour votre projet les filles !!

Violaine
France

Oualid
United States

Floriane
France

Marie
France

Pauline
France

Mailys
France

Abderrezak
France

Merci aux passionnées que vous êtes pour ce superbe projet.

Monique
France

Que ce projet continue à vivre pour l'émancipation des femmes dans le monde

Anonymous
United States

BRAVO pour ce magnifique projet à fort impact social pour les femmes mais aussi la société en général !

Amel
France

Justine
Norway

Anonymous
France

Inès
France

Anonymous
Italy

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