Photo: © Darlyne Komukama/The Salooni Project
Half of the world's population is female, but this is neither reflected in the number of women on the Internet, coding and creating hardware solutions, nor in their representation in leadership positions. While the role of women in today’s increasingly digital societies is positively changing, much of the work still needs to be done. We aim to contribute to change this and will present feminist approaches to making our digital spaces equal, safe and accessible.
- Arts & Culture-This session will address beauty norms and transgressions, their (digital) representations and the cultural & political prisms that shape our aesthetic choices.
- Arts & Culture-rpAccra18 will host a candid interview with DJ & Writer Kampire (Uganda) and DJ Keyzuz (Ghana). The interview will be moderated by Benewaah Boateng (Ghana). The session will explore the ups and downs these women have faced to become the notable professionals they are today and what role technology played in this journey. From this background, the interview will also dive into what it means to be a woman in a male dominated industry in Africa.
- Science & Education-As a young woman interested in taking up a career in technology, how do you set yourself apart? What’s that eXtra vibe that's going to make you outstanding? Join us during the Xtra Ladies (XL) Career Portfolio workshop to learn how you can build your personal brand and successfully take up a career in technology.
- Arts & CultureTake your photos to an entirely new level by visiting our Animated GIF Photobooth. Capture as many GIFs with your squad to show that you are squad goals or want to take a personal one to show off on the gram? We will make that happen! With a click of a button, you get to share your cool photos on social media.
- Politics & SocietyGot an idea for a change you want to see in your community concerning women and girls? Tell us during re:publica Accra! During our mobile campaign, we will scout the venue and approach you to raise your hand to a cause you believe in. Be part of the coolest digital visual album during re:publica and win some amazing SWAG as well.
- Politics & Society-The #metoo movement sparked a flame which devoured and changed the global social justice scene. It brought attention to the epidemic of sexual abuse, exposed deeds of offenders and left a sense of bleak reckoning for abusers.
Was the effect the same in Ghana? Did #metoo create positive change, or did it worsen Ghana's rape culture? We will explore how the use of social media created radical change in the fight against abuse in the West and the consequences it may have had in Ghana.
- Arts & Culture-We employ the efficiency of theatre as a communication tool to create awareness and debunk gender stereotypes in technology. This will be a random flash mob style gathering with a melodramatic act centered around a young woman and her technology career choice. We will engage attendees in a session of fun while passing on the message, “Tech is not a man’s world”.
- Politics & Society-Tapping the full potential of digital technologies to challenge existing and entrenched narratives around gender roles in African societies. The panel session brings together four experienced feminist digital storytellers from different corners of the continent, each with a different take on what it means to promote gender equality and cross-border solidarity through digital means. This panel will plant a first seed for a new Pan-African network on “digital storytelling, African role models”.
- Politics & Society-This session is presented by Women’s Corner Ghana: Many people, men and women, often wonder if all women’s groups or women’s only opportunities are necessary. They often bemoan, “why is this a women’s only group?,” or “why is this scholarship just for women?” The goal of this session is to explicitly discuss the purpose and importance of women’s only collectives and tackle the difficult questions and misconceptions surrounding the topic at this time.