2023 ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme
Deadline: May 22, 2023.
Women in Cyber, the third year of this programme, aims to empower women to develop skills for better gender inclusion in cybersecurity, helping to tackle the workforce challenges still prevalent in the field such as, unfilled positions, skills gap, and retention challenges. While women only account for 24% of the workforce, the WiC programme seeks to create a safer cyberspace and increase trust in ICTs by helping to close the workforce and gender gaps in cybersecurity.
Through a targeted approach of Inspire, Train, and Empower, ITU-D Women in Cyber Programme tackles the gender and workforce gaps in cybersecurity through trainings (both on soft-skills and technical topics), role-modelling and mentorship.
To be eligible to participate in the Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme, interested women must fulfil the following requirements:
- Minimum 2-3 years of junior level experience in the field of cybersecurity, or seeking to enter the cybersecurity workforce from another junior level ICT or STEM position.
- The programme will be delivered in English. Participants must have a good working knowledge of English.
- A computer and stable internet connection.
- There are no age restrictions.
Note: The eligibility criteria are not applicable to participants wishing to attend the WiC inspirational keynote Webinars.
This rollout of the Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme is being offered specifically to women residing in Africa, Arab regions and Asia and the Pacific. By limiting regional participation, the programme aims to provide women with support in their local cybersecurity communities.
Targeted countries in the Africa region: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Targeted countries in the Arab States: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Targeted countries in the Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Mongolia, Thailand.
- INSPIRE: Four keynote webinars with featured speakers who are well-known women in cybersecurity showcase their career paths, hence promoting role models and the perception of women as valuable additions to the cybersecurity workforce.
- TRAIN: Five technical and soft skills training courses that provide participants with skills for professional and personal development.
- EMPOWER: Two mentorship circle sessions with a live platform for participants to further explore professional and personal development topics with high-level women in cybersecurity.