AruWSIG: Arusha Women School of Internet Governance

Arusha Women School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) in Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania: The first ever Arusha Women’s School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) took place on the 27th and 28th of April 2018 at Arusha Accountancy Institute (AAI). The event was organized by Digital Grassroots Tanzania country coordinator, Rebecca Ryakitimbo. Digital Grassroots President, Esther Mwema, travelled from Zambia to host a session at the maiden event that hosted 90 youth participants in Arusha, Tanzania.

Ms. Ryakitimbo is co-founder of Techchix Tanzania which organized the event in conjunction with the Center for Youth Empowerment and Leadership (Kenya) with support from Internet Society Tanzania Chapter, ICANN, ICANNwiki, dotAfrica, SIGediathon, Localization Lab, and Digital Grassroots. The young participants hailed from Arusha Accountancy Institution, Makumira, and Arusha Technical. The success of the first Arusha Women School of Internet Governance followed our first ever Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance in Nairobi in the same month.

Part of the participants at Arusha Women School of Internet Governance


AruWSIG kicked off on the 27th of April with opening remarks from AAI representative Ms. Pamela Chogo. The first session was by Mr. Boniface Witaba of ICANNswahili who introduced Internet Governance (IG) and presented on classifications of IG issues and IG matters. Ms. Sylvia Kanari from Hivos gave a poignant presentation on Barriers to women participation on internet governance. Mr. Matogoro Jhabera of Internet Society Kenya presented about Use of TV whitespace for rural development.

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Ms. Sylvia Kanari giving a presentation of barriers of women participation in Internet Governance.

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Participants during AruWSIG

Digital Grassroots President and a participant during the Arusha Women School of Internet Governance

Digital Grassroots President, Ms. Esther Mwema, gave a presentation on Building networks as youth in internet Governance and got the participants right into networking by first allowing them to identify their stakeholder group in Internet Governance, brainstorming in breakout sessions, and after building connections on how they can build wireless networks to improve internet accessibility in their regions. Ms. Rebecca Ryakitimbo then presented Internet Governance Engagement Opportunities before Mrs. Fatima Walidy, of Techchix organizing committee, wrapped up the session.


The second day of the Arusha Women School of Internet Governance was dedicated to the Women SIG ediathon by ISOC Tanzania Chapter. The opening session was the 'ICANN SWAHILI OUTREACH & TRANSLATION WORKSHOP.'  The first session was an Introduction to ICANNWiki and navigating the site followed by a second session on Copyright issues, Ethical & Responsible ICANNWiki publishing. 

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Ediathon in progress at Arusha Women School of Internet Governance
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Mr. Boniface and Ms. Ryakitimbo moderating the ediathon

The second days sessions were led by Mr. Boniface Witaba and Ms. Rebecca Ryakitimbo. The afternoon was dedicated to the ISOC Women SIG ediathon and top participants were awarded prizes.

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Top winners of the ediathon

The School of Internet Governance has heralded more youth in Tanzania to learn about Internet Governance and some are ready to become Digital Grassroots Ambassadors in Cohort 2 of our program.

AruWSIG organizing team at surprise birthday party and farewell dinner.

And what better way to end two days of the School of Internet Governance than with Pizza over  a surprise birthday party of Mrs. Walidy, one of the Techchix organizers?

To learn more about Arusha Women School of Internet Governance and see more photos click here.


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