The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in collaboration with UNWOMEN Rwanda hosted the "Africa Smart Women and Girls initiative roundtable" as a side event of the Transform Africa Summit 2017 taking place in Kigali from 10th to 12th May 2017. The aim of the roundtable was to discuss the principles of the Smart women and girls declaration which will be presented at the Women Summit on 12th May 2017.
Panelists like Doreen Bogdan the Chief Strategic Planning at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Janet Longmore the Founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust and Dr. Gasingirwa Marie Christine, the Director General of Science, Technology and Research in the Rwanda Ministry of Education discussed the key principles of the Declaration which are :
*To increase access, technology and safety and affordability of technology infrastructure for women and girls
*To empower women and girls with digital skills
*To increase the participation of women and girls in STEM
Panelists and participants ecxhanged ideas to be added and clarified in the declaration including : setting clear, specific and measurable targets to track progress of the Declaration’s implementation; domesticating the new technologies to promote ownership from women and girls, developing strategies to reach rural and illiterate women, enhancing the role of the Private sector in the development of ICT infrastructure for women and girls and increasing the number of women in leadership positions to influence decisions in mainstreaming women and girls in ICT, among others.
The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Nyirasafari Esperance said this Declaration will be called the Kigali Smart Women and Girls Declaration and added: "we believe this declaration will have positive impact in the advancement of Women and Gils in ICT."