The chief executive officer of MainOne and keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary celebration and seventh national conference of the body, Mrs. Funke Opeke, made this call in Lagos. She stated that NIWIIT was set to train more girls and women across Nigeria in digital skills, through its digital empowerment initiative.
At the two-day event, themed “Unleashing innovations: scaling up digital skills for women and girls,” Opeke said technology remains a key driver in increasing access to education as the world evolves.
The empowerment initiative, which is a training and mentorship programme, was designed to offer basic and intermediate digital skills for females across the country.
She disclosed that, at the end of the training, the beneficiaries would be equipped with digital skills in the areas of digital marketing, e-commerce, data analytics and graphic design, among other skills that would enable them have access to gainful employment within and outside Nigeria.
Lowering the digital gender divide in Nigeria has become a matter of urgency, according to a report by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
It recognizes that the gender divide significantly hampers the ability of digital technology to help women improve their lives, the stability of their families and the resilience of their communities.
USAID’s report shows that over 90 per cent of jobs worldwide have a digital component and, without these skills, women are automatically disadvantaged and do not have the confidence to participate in the digital workforce.
“Ultimately, the goal is to close the digital gender gap that is causing unemployment/underemployment of women and girls especially for the underserved and vulnerable in our communities,” the CEO said.
Opeke stated that women are a blessed generation, with inherent capacity to advance the course of development, especially when they have access to computing technologies.