Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: IBM’s Gina Tesla interviews Ariane Umuringa, Rwanda

It’s Girls in ICT Day! We’re celebrating by featuring the incredible work of young innovators who are tackling the gender digital divide in their communities and countries. Young people with social enterprises focused on girls in ICT will be interviewed by influencers, supporters, and advocates from the private sector about their initiatives, impact, and inspiration.

In this video, Gina Tesla, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at IBM, interviews Ariane Umuringa, a young social innovator from Rwanda who founded Starlight Rwanda, which produces solar lights and trains girls to do the same.

About Ariane Umuringa

Ariane first became involved with DOT as a #DOTYouth social innovator who was supported to test and prototype her business idea; she participated in DOT Rwanda’s Impactathon, and attended the 2017 DOT Youth Unconference.  Ariane is the co-founder of Starlight Rwanda, which a social enterprise that produces solar light using 3D printing technology. The initiative aims at improving the quality of life of rural households by removing the health hazards associated with kerosene lamps and reduce time spent obtaining fuels. Starlight Rwanda has also an education program that has established STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) clubs at schools throughout Rwanda where girls are encouraged to join STEM through learning about solar technology and 3D printing. 

About Gina Tesla

As one of the top members of the leadership team in IBM Corporate Citizenship and the IBM Foundation, Gina’s portfolio spans multi-million-dollar investments in three strategic areas: education and skills, health, and community resiliency. She leads Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability across IBM, covering employee engagement, environment, human resources, public policy, supply chain, governance and research. Gina also leads IBM’s award-winning Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge initiatives.

About Girls in ICT Day

International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative led by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April. 

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