New Partnership with UN Women to Teach Key Digital Skills to Women

The Internet is most powerful when anyone — regardless of gender or geography — can participate equally. A truly open Web should unlock educational, economic, and civic opportunity for everyone, everywhere.
Motivated by this core belief, Mozilla and UN Women — the United Nations entity devoted to the empowerment of women — are teaming up to teach digital skills to girls and women in Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa. Our goal: to improve the lives of women in Africa by leveraging the power of the open Internet.
Also driving our work is a troubling statistic: While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. In beginning to change these numbers for the better, we can empower women in their own lives and as digital citizens.
To do this, Mozilla and UN Women will work alongside local educators, organizations and residents to built a network of web literacy clubs that promote peer-to peer-learning, teaching participants how to collaborate with each other and meaningfully participate online. These groups will follow the Mozilla Club model, meeting regularly and in-person. They will draw on a comprehensive curriculum that covers topics like Web navigation; content creation; coding; online rights, privacy and security; and connecting to opportunities linked to women’s leadership, civic participation and economic empowerment. There will also be the development of new curriculum on female-specific web issues, facilitation guides for engaging female-only groups and a mobile app to allow for participation and continued learning by participants across countries in the program. Mozilla will also train on-the-ground leaders to facilitate these clubs.
This pilot program will draw on lessons learned in India, Indonesia and Brazil over the past year as we’ve launched, tested and developed the Mozilla Clubs program to reach 170+ clubs in 25+ countries around the world. Since launch, Mozilla Clubs has seen success in bringing communities together around collaboration, professional development and the open web.

Mozilla community members in Kenya. Photo by Laura de Reynal.

Mozilla community members in Kenya. Photo by Laura de Reynal.

This pilot program will run through the end of 2016, and draw on the existing Mozilla communities of educators, learners, and open Internet advocates in the two regions. While also connecting the work and leaders to the larger Mozilla community, and engaging those in other African countries to start similar endeavours to continue growing the movement.
“Improving digital literacy among women is essential,” says Jennifer Breslin, Lead, Innovation and Technology for Development,  UN Women. “Web literacy can improve everything from personal well-being and education access to civic and political participation. Further, the more women we have participating and creating content online, the more relevant and stronger the open Internet becomes.”
This pilot project is the first in a broader partnership between UN Women and Mozilla to drive a more socially just and inclusive agenda based on a common set of values and vision between the two organizations. It links Mozilla’s leadership in digital literacy, participatory learning, and open practice with UN Women’s global leadership on gender and technology.
To learn more about Mozilla Clubs, visit
Mozilla community members in Kenya. Photo by Laura de Reynal.

Mozilla community members in Kenya. Photo by Laura de Reynal.

7 responses

  1. Don Presant wrote on :

    Hi Amira, this sounds great. I’m very interested in humanitarian learning and development from a slightly different angle.
    Is there a Mozilla Open Badges angle for recognizing skills that have been gained?

    1. Amira Dhalla wrote on :

      Thanks Don!
      There is a new badging approach for Mozilla Learning activities that will be implemented in the future and Mozilla Clubs (as well as the Clubs for women and girls) will be apart of it.

  2. Museb Khalid wrote on :

    Its sounds great……..IA we ‘ll must introduce in our club…!

  3. Marieme Jamme wrote on :

    Amira, this is Wonderful. I am the code would love to help you measure success locally in Africa. Please let us know how we can collaborate. Thank you. Marieme

    1. Amira wrote on :

      Hey Marieme,
      Glad to see you here! As mentioned at the UN Women Youth Working Group Lunch, there are many intersections in our work. I’ll send you an email now to follow up.

  4. monde sitole wrote on :

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    Monde Sitole here Alpinist, and Sailor from Cape Town ,South Africa ,i was part of the first youngsters to attend school onboard a tallship namely SV Concordia vessel ,where we sailed from cape town to bermuda to attend international sailing race ,we sailed via st helena ,ascension ,fernando,brazil ,trinidad and tobago .
    after that i completed my competent crew with goodhope sailing academy and am working towards yachtmaster .
    i than after that was chosen to partake in the mike horn young explorers camp in Switzerland ,where we met mike horn and he educated us on alternative energy resources and conservation,we also sailed on lake Geneva .
    after that i conceptualized my expedition that is to scale the highest peaks on each continent and ski both south and north pole unassisted ,i succeeded with kiliminjaro ,elbrus highest in europe and just came back from denali in alaska highest in north america .
    after that i did my advance mountain walking certificate with ventureforth mountaineering school.
    i also opened my very own adventure club in my township ive attached a file elucidating more on my intents on this endevour .
    our upcoming showcase in khayelitsha September which we seek you assistance .
    “the next school innovation showcase ” that will showcase the future of education and learning institutions .we will have exhibitions and stands of youth pioneers ,innovators and inventors example is Thato of Repurpose Schoolbags ,and Shalton Mothwa 25 years of Epoch Microchips who invented charging laptop bag ,Ludwich Mariushane of drybath 25, Sir Stuart Ntlathi 26 years inventor extrodinaire and Refilwe Ledwaba 26 years founder of Sawia pilot just to name a few .
    we will have opening day for students where speakers and inventions will reflect the fact that we want to inspire them ,engage them .
    second day will be for teachers with speakers John Gilmour founder of leap science school and education activist and futurist .
    we will also have Sir ken Robinson of changing education from groundup .
    thrird day will be for everyone including the family where on last day with speaker Bheki Kunene 25 years of Mindtrix ,Lufefe Nomjana 25 years of Espinca innovations we will give challenge to students to highlight their own problems and hinderings and for the year divise strategies and innovations to fix these using frugal innovations the next year or next school innovation showcase will feature exhibitions of students from across townships .
    leading up to that we hosting Electronics workshops in the community with Kate O teaching them robot building and all things electronics and tech .
    we also now have all girls expedtion to Kiliminjaro where will fundraise for gilrs empowerment.
    All Girls Climb up Kili for Girl Child Education and women empowerment.
    The climb is scheduled for June 5 ,2016 returning on the 15th.
    the underlying and pressing intent is that we feel a more engaging
    ,innovative ,empowering ,value and character based education is
    imperative if we are to stand a chance at producing the quality of
    leaders needed to pioneer strides towards the we all envisage and what
    better way to accentuate and give wings to the women figures who
    continue to shape our world it is said when you educate a man. ..u
    educate a man but when you educate a women you empower a nation.
    this is all lead and anchored by our next school initiative to be
    hosted September at the Bandwidth Barn a social innovation expo for
    schools to encourage frugal innovation using education as catalyst for
    development by using the most abundant resource which is ingenuity.
    this trip is aligned with a world at school #rewriting the code for
    girls .
    we believe we stand a far greater chance to penetrate change as a
    collective hence we call for all who can assist in anyway to make
    this endevour a reality .
    also speaking this year at Morehouse University ,NASA,Hong kong University ,and Princeton .
    our major obstacle is getting transport to get kids on mountain trips.
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