This page contains the answers to a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Women and the Web Alliance. If your question is not answered here, please reach out to us through the form on our Contact page.
How is the Women and the Web Alliance different from other gender and technology programs?
While a multitude of organizations have run gender and technology programs for decades, the Women and the Web Alliance is different because it offers a variety of on-ramps to training as well as eight strong partners. They are the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Intel Corporation, Internews, NetHope, World Pulse, World Vision, and UN Women. Our large network and diverse technology platforms greatly expand options as well as opportunities for women and girls to participate in additional life- and business-skill modules after core technical training is complete.
What curriculum does the Women and the Web Alliance use?
The Women and the Web Alliance uses the Intel® She Will Connect program platform as its core curriculum. The Intel® She Will Connect program aims to expand the digital literacy skills of young women in developing countries. The Women and the Web Alliance grew out of the program and Intel Corporation’s commitment to bridging the Internet gender gap.
Are the Women and the Web Alliance and the Intel® She Will Connect program different? They look the same in many ways.
The Women and the Web Alliance—currently focused on Kenya and Nigeria—and the global Intel® She Will Connect program—which includes training of 5 million women in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria—are different but related. The Women and the Web Alliance grew out of the Intel® She Will Connect program and Intel Corporation’s commitment to bridging the Internet gender gap.
With Intel Corporation a key partner, the Women and the Web Alliance is leveraging Intel® She Will Connect assets and investments in our targeted effort to introduce more than 600,000 15- to 25-year-old women and girls in Kenya and Nigeria to the Internet. These assets and investments include:
- The Intel Learn Easy Steps curriculum
- Gender relevant content
- A mobile learning platform (under development)
- A global partnership with World Pulse to integrate peer networks into digital literacy training curricula
- Global and local partnerships with more than three governments, more than nine nongovernmental organizations, and multiple development agencies
The alliance will also leverage the network of our overall program manager NetHope. NetHope is a nonprofit consortium of more than 40 leading international humanitarian aid organizations working with leading high-tech firms to leverage innovations in information and communications technology to improve the human condition worldwide.
Can men and boys participate in Women and the Web Alliance training?
While the Women and the Web Alliance is primarily aimed at women and girls between 15 and 25, many trainings include a small percentage of boys and men to ensure rural and disadvantaged communities as a whole share in the Internet’s benefits and are not disproportionately left behind.
Can USAID Missions in countries other than Kenya and Nigeria tap into the alliance’s offerings?
Right now, the Women and the Web Alliance is focused on building networks in Kenya and Nigeria. The alliance can work with USAID missions to customize training modules to support specific country and regional programming. We are looking to expand our alliance to get more women on the web!
Can my organization join the Women and the Web Alliance?
We are open to having additional organizations join the alliance—especially those who already provide women’s empowerment training and/or who have access to technical training facilities. If your organization is interested, please reach out to us through the form on our Contact page.
We are a program or facility with our own digital literacy training for women and are interested in partnering with the Women and the Web Alliance. Is that possible?
It may be! We know that many women and technology programs are complementary and address unique age groups and skills. We are all motivated by bringing more women online, so please reach out to us through the form on our Contact page with your ideas!