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Overcoming barriers to
gender transformation in ICT

Inspiring and moulding the technology leaders of tomorrow

28 September 2023 | Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

An ITWeb Executive Roundtable brought to you in partnership with OADC & WIOCC

Date: 28 September 2023

Time: 09:00 (GMT+2)

Duration: 3 hours

The shift towards a digital economy is unrelenting, with advancements and opportunities being created by the digital revolution at an unprecedented rate. Digital transformation has heralded a multitrillion-rand economy that has the potential to shift the socio-economic position of a country and its people by accelerating job creation and enterprise development; supporting access to public services, education and global resources; and increasing productivity and innovation.

Yet in Africa, a significant gender-based digital disparity exists, with women facing significant barriers to accessing and benefiting from the digital economy. According to the UN, sub-Saharan African women are 37% less likely than men to use the mobile internet – the greatest gender gap globally. Overall, men are 52% more likely to have access to the internet than women in the world’s least developed countries. Women are also under-represented in ICT jobs, top management and academic careers.

How do we ensure that women are leading the conversation when it comes to inclusivity, access and skills development in the technological sector and leveraging the opportunities that come with digital transformation?

Champions of gender equality and bridging the skills gap, WIOCC and Open Access Data Centres (OADC), in collaboration with ITWeb, present the enlightening event: “ Overcoming barriers to gender transformation in ICT Executive Roundtable. Here women will be at the centre of the gender disparity and skills development conversations. Leading decision-makers from the sector will be in conversation unpacking how effective cross-sector collaboration that prioritises skills and knowledge sharing can propel the inclusion of women in the digital economy.

Knowing that 85% of jobs in 2030 don’t exist yet and will derive from new technologies, now more than ever, the industry must rise to the occasion and invest in digital skills, learnership and mentorship programmes, to seize every opportunity to bridge the digital and gender divide.

Join us at this ICT Executive Roundtable not only as an attendee, but as a partner and agent of change in creating a seat at the table for the women of today, and also tomorrow.

When you educate a woman, you educate and change a nation.

Why should you attend?

Unpack how digital transformation can positively impact the socio-economic and gender divide.

Be inspired by industry thought leaders and your peers and add your voice to the conversation.

Connect and network with like-minded peers.



Arrival, registration and networking


Video Introduction

Samantha Perry, co-founder, WomeninTechZA


WIOCC welcome

Motlatsi Johnson, Country marketing manager, WIOCC

  • Hear about WIOCC's commitment to gender transformation.
  • Discover the organisation's dedication to inclusivity in ICT.
  • Understand how WIOCC is making a positive impact.

Welcome from the MC

Samantha Perry, co-founder, WomeninTechZA


Keynote address

Keneilwe Gwabeni, group CIO, Assupol

Motivating inspirational talk

Networking breakfast served


OADC corporate video (multimedia presentation)


MDCS Skills Development


OADC speaker address

Dr Sayuri Moodliar, head of ESG, Open Access Data Centres


Questions and answers

Samantha Perry, co-founder, WomeninTechZA


Closing remarks

Samantha Perry, co-founder, WomeninTechZA


This ICT Executive Roundtable on overcoming barriers to gender transformation will be of considerable interest – but not limited – to the following:







Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

High up on the rocky Witwatersrand is where you’ll find us. Despite being in the middle of South Africa’s largest city, our Westcliff Hotel feels like a chic hillside village, with nine sun-splashed villas woven with courtyards, fountains and gardens. Take a ride up our glass elevator to meet friends for seasonally inspired dishes at Flames, visit our destination day spa that captures the serenity of the region with its nature-inspired treatments, or simply step out onto your room’s balcony to enjoy a quiet moment as you admire the endless treetops that stretch out before you.

Event Sponsors

About Open Access Data Centres (OADC)

Open Access Data Centres (OADC) - a WIOCC Group Company deploying a pan-African platform of world-class, Tier III certified, open-access, carrier-neutral data centres.

Visit: www.openaccessdc.net


WIOCC is the leading player in the deployment of carrier-scale, future-proofed network infrastructure into Africa. WIOCC has the flexibility and scale to meet the ever-growing demand for reliable, high-speed capacity throughout Africa, driven by end consumers, enterprise users and the ecosystem that supports them.

Visit: www.wiocc.net