Arusha Women School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) is a premier Programme whose overarching aim is to mentor girls and women in Arusha (Tanzania) and its environs, through professional digital rights outreach symposiums and hackathons on the topic of Internet Governance. AruWSIG is co-convened by Kuza STEAM Generation (KsGEN) and Center for Youth empowerment and leadership (CYEL).
AruWSIG is the first only women SIG that has been running since 2018,when the first cohort started followed by the second edition in 2019.
The 1st Arusha Women School of Internet Governance was held on 27th and 28th April 2018 in Arusha. It took place at the Arusha Institute of Accountancy (AIA). This edition of AruWSIG benefited 90 participants,this event was made possible by the Internet Society,Localization Lab,ICANNWiki,HIVOS East Africa and Dot.Africa.
The forum brought together a great number of youth to the table, some officials from government entities and the private sector, academia, the media, civil society, technical community and individual users to deliberate on existing and emerging Internet-related matters.
This event was also linked to ISOC’s women in ICT WomenSIG edit-a-thon workshop where editing of various women figures in ICT and other relevant content were edited and published on Swahili ICANNWiki website
This year’s edition was made possible through the support of the Center for collaboration on ICT policy in southern and eastern Africa (CIPESA) through the African digital rights Fund and other partners such as Localization lab, Facebook, Jamii Forums and Zaina Foundation. The event was co-convened by Kuza STEAM Generation (KsGEN) and Center for Youth empowerment and leadership (CYEL) who were part of this year’s digital rights fund inaugural grantees.
A total of 18 women and men were capacitated as part of the Arusha Women school of Internet Governance and another 25 as fellows to attend the Tanzania Internet Governance Forum that preceded AruWSIG on October 2019.Out of the 25 who attended the Tanzanian IGF, 7 of them where AruWSIG19’s fellows and the remaining 18 supported to attend the forum.This event was marked by day zero of localization of the internew’s safe sisters guide which was successfully translated to Swahili.