Our Mission

The Network for African Women in Cybersecurity’s mission is to address the gender and womens responsiveness gaps through the promotion of women’s participation in cybersecurity at the national, regional, continental, and global levels.

Brief History of NAWC

Founded in 2021, NAWC is the result of concerns about the gender gap in cybersecurity and digital policy-related matters that arose when a group of 10 professional women in cybersecurity came together to evaluate the sector. The women developed the concept for the formation of the NAWC and reached out to the GFCE for logistical support for the implementation of the network’s programs.

NAWC, then, was registered in Ghana as a non-profit organization. Its primary objective is to address a gap in gender- and women-responsive cybersecurity planning, development, and implementation in Africa by bringing together experts that can provide advice and technical guidance on issues pertaining to cybersecurity, cyber-resilience, and cyber-capacity building, among others. The specific objectives of the NAWC are as follows:

  • Establish engagement principles with governments, regional economic communities, donors, and civil society to systematically include and increase the participation of women in all aspects of cybersecurity development in Africa.
  • Provide special support to gender-responsive planning in the AU Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS) 2020–2030.
  • Enable the network to become a global platform for promoting dialogue, consultation, and setting the agenda for women’s cybersecurity development in Africa.

Following its legal registration in 2021, the soft launch of the network took place at the 10th edition of the Africa Internet Governance Forum in Lilongwe, Malawi, on July 19, 2022. The main launch followed in November of the same year, at the 17th edition of the Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa, at an event where women and girls working on cybersecurity and digital space were invited to showcase their work.

Advisory Board

Dr Towela Nyirenda Jere

Head - Economic Integration Division, (AUDA-NEPAD)

Dr Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo

Associate Professor and Head. School of Business and Law, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

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Aicha Jeridi

C0-Executive Director, NAWC

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Dr Margaret Nyambura Ndung’u

Co-Executive Director, NAWC

Folake Olagunju

Program Officer of Internet and Cybersecurity, ECOWAS

Sorene Assefa

Coordinator of Cybersecurity and Connected African Girls Initiative of the Digital Center for Excellence. (UNECA).

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Hanane Boujemi

Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs manager for MENA and Turkey. META

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Mihret Wood

African Union Commission

Balbine Manga

Consultant-Expert in cybercrime, cyber legislation and internet governance

Aida Opoku-Mensah

Member