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ITU 2023 Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme for African Students

 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. All activities will be delivered online over five months from June to October 2023.


ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme

Application DeadlineMay 22, 2023
Funding TypePartially Funded
TypeCollege School
SponsorInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU)
GenderWomen
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Benefits of ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme

  • 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.

Requirements for ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme

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.

Application Deadline

May 22, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on itu-d.limequery.com to apply
  • Programme seats are limited.  
  • The delivery platform for the webinars and training is Zoom. 
  • Selected participants must register for all three parts of the mentorship programme (i.e. inspirational keynote webinars, trainings, and mentorship circles).  
  • Selected applicants to the mentorship circles will be contacted by email by the end of May 2023.?

Note: Upon registration through the dedicated link, the WiC inspirational keynote webinars will be open to the general public. However, the trainings and mentorship circles are exclusively for eligible women in the programme?.

For more details,visit ITU website


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