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ABSA Collaborates with Women in Tech to Empower Women in Tech Careers

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  1. ABSA Group has partnered with Women in Tech, an international non-profit organization, to empower and support women pursuing careers in technology by offering mentorship, skills development and job creation opportunities.
  2. The collaboration aims to address the gender gap in the technology sector, where women are underrepresented, with only 23% of ICT roles in South Africa and 31% globally being held by women.
  3. ABSA is committed to increasing female representation and providing opportunities for women to advance in the technology sector. The collaboration with Women in Tech is one of many initiatives ABSA has in place to expediate women in the technology sector and nurture the skills of the future workforce.

ABSA Group, a leading African bank, has announced a collaboration with Women in Tech, an international non-profit organization, to support women in pursuing careers in technology and help them thrive in the industry. The collaboration will provide an opportunity for women in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector across Africa and the world to connect and converse on issues pertaining to the gender gap, provide access to critical skills and mentorship, as well as elevate job creation.

The collaboration aims to address the gender gap in technology, with only 23% of the 236,000 ICT roles in South Africa held by women, and women representing 31% of the sector globally. By offering mentorship opportunities, imparting skills, and fostering self-confidence in women, Women in Tech hopes to position them for success and close the gender gap.

Johnson Idesoh, Group Chief Information and Technology Officer at ABSA, stated that ABSA identifies with Women in Tech’s vision to drive gender diversity in the workplace and is committed to empowering Africa’s tomorrow through increasing female representation and providing opportunities for women to advance. ABSA was named one of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies in 2022 by Forbes and ranked 36th worldwide among 400 global companies excelling in championing women at work.

Melissa Slaymaker, Country Director of Women in Tech South Africa, confirmed that the collaboration with ABSA is immensely important in achieving their 2030 goal to empower five million women and girls. She stated that together they will unlock many doors of opportunity for more women and girls and are excited about what the future holds.

In addition to Women in Tech, ABSA has other initiatives in place that focus on skills development and upliftment to expediate women in the technology sector. Idesoh emphasized that nurturing the skills of the future with the workforce of the future is critical to driving job creation and economic growth, and women need to be supported to play a more equal role. The collaboration with Women in Tech is another important step forward in empowering women and girls to take up leading roles in technology.

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