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CODE RED: African Women Rising in Media and Technology

Girl Hub Nigeria

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (WAT)

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Technology has impacted everything, including media. Its rapid adoption has created new opportunities for media professionals to deliver content to their audiences, disrupting existing institutions and business models. As a result, Africa's new media landscape is thriving, and women, no longer just passive consumers of media, but avid content creators, media producers, and tech innovators, are at the heart of it.

In Nigeria, women not only run the most widely-read blogs (Linda Ikeji's Blog and Bella Naija), but are at the forefront of game-changing ventures such as the refreshing pan-African television station, Ebony Life TV, and new media tech startups, such as Ndani TV, the fastest-growing online video platform in Nigeria.

However, the sudden increase in visibility of women across digital media and technology doesn't capture the entire story. In traditional TV, radio, and print across Nigeria (and indeed, the continent), African women's voices are still under- and misrepresented.

FACT: According to a global report on the status of women in the media, 83% of all news subjects in the world (including Nigeria) were male, while less than 17% were female.

There is a lot at stake.

The negative impact of the gender imbalance in media representation affects more than just women; adolescent girls who need positive female role models to inspire, guide, and fuel their aspirations, are stifled by the dearth of narratives about women.

Incidentally, the plethora of African women with powerful stories and expertise worth sharing often lack the media savvy to promote and amplify their work, thus, remaining invisible as success models to each other, and role models to the next generation of media producers: girls.

So let us be clear: there is a lot at stake for women, but there’s even more at stake for girls.

Nigerian Girls

Ensuring that African women and girls continue to participate in media and technology is critical for Africa’s success in the global tech and innovation arena. This is why we need everyone – including men – to invest in African women and adolescent girls as both producers and creators of media and tech. This is why we need you.

Now more than ever, we need fresh and creative perspectives to see this vision through; you might see yourself as an unlikely proponent of this agenda, but, on Wed February 19th, we invite you to see yourself differently.

CODE RED, an invite-only event for African women in media and tech (and those who love them), will convene trailblazers in media and tech for the purpose of galvanising an ecosystem that is both women and girl-friendly.

CODE RED is a call to action, an alert, both for the challenge and the opportunity ahead of us.

CODE RED is a movement of culture shapers, amplifiers, and innovators coming together to unleash our collective power in the most important currency of this digital age — connections. Because where there are connections, there are solutions.

Are you a TV producer searching for positive girls’ story? A techpreneur in need of some good PR advice? A blog editor seeking new contributors? A digital media maven with klout to share? Most importantly, do you support girls and women in media and technology? If yes to any of the above, CODE RED is for you.


CODE RED: African Women Rising in Media and Tech
Hosted by Girl Hub Nigeria in partnership with Tech Cabal 
February 19th, 5 pm - 8 pm
@ The Whitespace | 58 Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi, Lagos

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Note: Dress code is semi-formal or traditional in your interpretation of CODE RED.

Connect with African Women in Media and Tech

Meet and learn about African women in media, including TV, Film, Print, Web, and Mobile. Learn about African women trailblazers in technology, from brand new startup CEOs to popular mobile app developers.

Learn about Girl Hub Nigeria and TechCabal

Connect with the folks behind the girl effect in Nigeria, our work connecting and convening leaders for girls in Northern Nigeria, and our phenomenal event partners, Tech Cabal, a web blog at the forefront of the narrative about technology in Nigeria.

Join the CODE RED Movement

We’ve distributed invitations to over 100 media producers, content creators, tech innovators, and, change agents for the purpose of connecting, and intentionally amplifying each other’s work. We are expecting a room full of some of the brightest, powerful, influential, and inspiring leaders, and we hope you will be one of them.

CODE RED will take place at ‘A Whitespace’ in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday February 19th. Dress code is semi-formal or traditional in your interpretation of CODE RED. Be there or…be there.

Have questions about CODE RED: African Women Rising in Media and Technology? Contact Girl Hub Nigeria
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (WAT)

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Girl Hub Nigeria

Girl Hub Nigeria supports the girl effect, a movement that's about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to stop poverty before it starts, for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries.

Our mission is to transform the lives of adolescent girls by rebranding their value as critical drivers for Nigeria's development, and - using a combination of development expertise, social communications, strategic partnerships, and innovation - inform, inspire, and equip the public to support girls in reaching their potential.  

Girl Hub Nigeria is a strategic collaboration between Nike Foundation and the UK Department for International Development. 

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