Africa Women in Science and Technology (AWiST) is a program specifically for young women in the field of Science and Technology. This includes students and young professionals. The program is implemented by STEM Africa which aims to provide young people in Africa with opportunities and an enabling environment to pursue rich and fulfilling careers and enterprises in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.
Working with students: AWisT seeks to raise engagement and increase the profile of Science and Technology among young girls as well as university students. AWiST visits girls schools across Kenya to create awareness of and interest in STEM careers, aiming to increase the number of women taking up careers in STEM. At universities they speak at STEM events and encourage female enrollment.
Working with young professionals: In addition to working with students, AWiST supports young professionals, aiming to enable more female scientists and engineers to develop their full potential as STEM professionals, obtain leadership positions, and start their own enterprises. AWiST forums bring together young female scientists and engineers to learn from more experienced female professionals in the sector.
Mentoring and Business Development in low-income areas: Quarterly mentoring sessions are provided for young female scientists and engineers. As part of the mentoring program, the mentees select women's groups in slums and peri-urban areas to work with. AWiST mentees develop self-sustaining projects with these women's groups, using appropriate technology in the areas of briquette making, solar energy, brick making, and recycling of plastics. The goal of this project is to transform the lives of women in slums and peri- urban dwellings, restore their dignity, and help them develop self-sufficiency and financial independence.
The AWiST mentees are trained in business planning before they develop the projects with women's groups. Groups focusing on solar technology undergo training on the subject. The projects build on the skills acquired in the AWiST mentoring program and provide a platform for the mentees to develop skills in entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, appropriate technology, and sustainable development.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent support21st century skills (soft skills)Entrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skills
Model details2013Not-for-profitScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Entrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skillsActiveLong-term project870100%
AWiST: 120 ladies in STEM reached
School girls: 750 school girls reached
Speaking at University STEM club events: Over 100 students reached
Contribute to increasing the number of female Professionals in Science and Technology
Contribute to the improvement of the quality of female professionals in Science and Technology
Contribute to increasing the number of female leaders with a background in Science and Technology
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
AWiST tracks the following metrics to measure its impact:
- Number of ladies who have taken up action after attending an AWIST event
- Number of ladies who have taken up leadership after an AWIST event
- Increased self confidence of participating ladies
- Improved running of STEM university clubs
School Girls Programs
- Increased number of girls taking up STEM careers after participating in a STEM careers event