WOUGNET founder named Digital Woman of the Year
By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews
18 November 2013
Dr Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda is Africa’s first-ever Digital Woman of the Year, an honour bestowed upon her at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony for the Digital Woman Award finalists that took place on 16 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
According to Award organisers, Dr Okello distinguished herself among a vast and talented pool of candidates from across Africa for her work to increase participation of girls and women in digital sectors in Africa and around the world.
Dr Okello holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University in Uganda, a Master of Electrical Engineering from Kansas University in the United States, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she received a Commonwealth scholarship. In May 2000, Dr Okello founded Women of Uganda Network (Women of Uganda Network) with several women’s organisations in Uganda. WOUGNET is a non-governmental organisation initiated in May 2000 by several women’s organisations in Uganda to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share information and address issues collectively.
The Association for Progressive Communications congratulates Dr Okello for this well deserved recognition to her trajectory and her valuable contributions to the empowerment of Ugandan women and women organisations in the use of ICTs, to effectively address national and local problems of sustainable development.