This article highlights the importance of the event, the activities involved and the broader    significance of empowering women in cybersecurity.

AUTHORED BY: Sophia S Msuya.

In Tanzania, we’re excited about the possibilities that digital technology brings. At African Child Projects we believe everyone should have a chance to benefit from this digital revolution. That’s why we’re working hard to make sure everyone, no matter who they are, has the skills they need to succeed in the digital world.

We’ve launched a special project called AFRICAN CHILD ACADEMY. Our goal is simple: by 2024, we want to help 5,000 people in Tanzania learn digital skills. We think this will not only boost our country’s economy but also improve people’s lives.

International Women’s Day is a day when we celebrate women’s achievements and think about how we can make things better for women around the world. This year, the theme is “Inspire Inclusion.” That means we want to make sure everyone feels included, no matter who they are. At African Child Academy, we know that women are still not as involved in cybersecurity as men. So, we decided to do something about it.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, a group of 25 enthusiastic young women delved into the world of cybersecurity in a special event aimed at empowering and encouraging female participation in the field. The event served as a platform to not only celebrate the achievements of women but also to address the gender gap prevalent in the cybersecurity industry.

With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated and prevalent in our digital age, the importance of a diverse workforce in cybersecurity cannot be overstated. Yet, women remain significantly under-represented in this crucial sector. Events like this are essential in bridging that gap and inspiring more women to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

The event kicked off with an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity, highlighting the significance of protecting digital assets and the role of cybersecurity professionals in safeguarding against cyber threats. Participants were introduced to various concepts, including threat intelligence, encryption, network security, and ethical hacking, among others.

Led by experienced cybersecurity professionals, the participants engaged in hands-on activities and practical exercises designed to enhance their understanding of cybersecurity principles. From analyzing real-world cyber-attacks to learning how to implement security measures effectively, the workshop provided invaluable insights into the dynamic and ever-evolving field of cybersecurity.

Moreover, the event served as a platform for networking and mentorship, connecting aspiring female cybersecurity professionals with seasoned experts in the field. Through interactive sessions, participants had the opportunity to gain valuable advice, insights and guidance from women who have excelled in cybersecurity careers.

One of the key highlights of the event was the emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity. By fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the cybersecurity industry can tap into a broader talent pool and drive innovation and creativity.

As the event drew to a close, participants left with newfound knowledge, skills and inspiration to pursue careers in cybersecurity confidently.

In conclusion, the Women’s Day event celebrating women in cybersecurity served as a testament to the importance of empowering and encouraging female participation in this critical field. By providing opportunities for education, mentorship and networking, we can break down barriers and pave the way for a more diverse and inclusive cybersecurity workforce.