Africa: Lafarge Africa Launches Tech Programme to Bridge Gender Gap

Recognising the underrepresentation of women in the technology sector, Lafarge Africa Plc has launched the Girls in Tech Program, a pioneering initiative aimed at empowering young women in technology.

Meticulously crafted to bridge the gender gap in tech and empower 10 young females between the ages of 18 to 25 years from Lafarge Africa Host communities in Cross River State, this programme is poised to make a significant impact in the region.

The Girls in Tech Programme seeks to harness the unique talents of these young women and introduce them to the dynamic world of technology. By providing them with essential skills and opportunities, the initiative aspires to equip them to become self-reliant as well as problem solvers in society.

In collaboration with Aptech and Arena Multimedia, as well as The Bridge Leadership Foundation, this boot camp promises to be a transformative experience for the participating girls, who are eager to make their mark in the tech industry.

Speaking during the onboarding to flag-off the program held in Calabar on April 5, 2024, the Plant manager, Lafarge Africa, Sotirios Valsamakis, who was represented by the human resources business partner, Lafarge Africa, Barong Ita, revealed that, the programme is in line with the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

She also added that the initiative is designed to ignite a spark of inspiration, hope, and possibilities in the heart of the selected girls across the host communities.

“As an organisation, people are an integral part of our sustainability drive, and we are invested in building lasting progress by empowering members of our host communities.