The Intel® 'She Will Connect' program was launched in September 2013 with the aim of reducing the internet gender gap and reaching 5 million women in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa over five years.
The milestone of reaching 5 million women across Africa was celebrated at a gala event at the iconic Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on 24 October 2018. SchoolNet SA was recognized as one of the lead partners of the initiative, with Suraj Shah, the Intel Africa Program Director, thanking SchoolNet SA for "your contribution, passion and efforts to empower women in Africa".
The role of partners including SchoolNet SA, CareerBox, Siyafunda and the University of Limpopo was acknowledged by Shah - who noted that the accomplishment of reaching 5 million African Women could not have been achieved alone. SchoolNet's Omashani Naidoo and representatives from other partner organisations reflected on their experiences and highlights of being involved in the project as part of a panel discussion. Whilst the 'She Will Connect' project has reached a successful conclusion, all partners were encouraged to continue with their efforts to empower African women.