Africa Director

Africa Director and Event & Activities Chair, Joyce Lualaba

When did you become a greenlight girl and why? 

"Science and mathematics are part of our daily life but the world lacks women in these domains.  I believe that if we have more girls involved in technology, science, mathematics, engineering we will also have more people who can feel concerned about womens' health,  education,  nutrition and women at work.  We will have more role models who will inspire other girls to follow and to be the next generation of women scientist, female mathematicians, etc."

"I became a Greenlight girl because of this vision and the dream I had"

To find out more about Joyce and read the full interview click here and see Joyce on Linkedin!

Africa Strategy

Give a greenlight to girls in Africa!

We have already established that the amount of women choosing science-related careers may be increasing, yet at a very slow rate. This fact is true all over the world, but more in Africa.  In a continent were education is still a challenge and where most of girls do not go to school, science and math are not the priorities.  For years, international donors fight and encourage Governments of Sub-Saharan Africa to attend schools.  Nevertheless, much work is still to be done.

Greenlight for girls operates in Africa with a mission to encourage girls of all ages to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (SMET). The team in Africa uses the bases already formed in Europe and the Americas to begin new projects.

In DRC, the first greenlight event were launched on the 12th of November 2011 that gathered more than 13 different schools of Kinshasa and different workshop leaders came from different background and different fields of science, math, engineering and technology.

For 2012, different greenlight for girls activities will be set up in DRC.  The first activities will be held in March with one local school MOTEMA MPIKO.  Girls of this school are going to prepare a small movie of their life in DRC and science through their eyes.  They want to present themselves and their life and expectations for their future in science.  They are going also to make a small demonstration of science.  The film will be greenlight for girls material for girls of the world and particularly for a sister school in USA identified by greenlight for girls board members.

The second project is to organize a small meeting between girls and ‘la Fédération des femmes de sciences et ingénieures du Congo’.  In this small role model workshop, the women will take the lead to welcome girls and present their work through an exhibition.  This should be done end of June. 

In our third project, we are going to see if it is possible to work with I-day for science-related books to distribute to different girls.  But this activity will be handled both with i-day and greenlight for girls DRC.

And the last activity of the year is of course our big event of November that will gather workshops leaders, sponsors and girls.  We hope this year it will be bigger and bigger!

In Cameroon, we are working on a separate project in which aims to provide the local schools with science-related books donated by the girls from more privileged countries and communities.

We hope to expand our greenlight for girls activities to at least 2 more African countries this year: Mauritius and South Africa;

To find out more about our projects and their progress continue to the following links and find out how you can get involved in expanding our African project. 


Greenlight for girls in the Press in Africa

9/11/2011: Lualaba Joyce: "Let's give the girls the green light for science and technology"                                             By Raymonde Senga Kosi (Le Potentiel)