NIWIIT empower women, girls with IT skills
An umbrella body for women actively involved in the information technology (IT) industry, Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT) has recently organised a hands-on workshop to train women and
young girls on trending IT solutions and skills necessary to thrive in the fast-changing digital age.
The training which also marked NIWIIT’s 3rd national Conference themed; Women and ICT: Veritable tools for Sustainable Economy featured IT experts who trained participants on specific IT subjects which included mobile app development, ethical hacking and web programming.
NIWIIT President, Florence Babalola said the training was a significant part of the association’s objectives to ensure women and young girls in the country are digital literates and economically
She noted that the workshop would be sustained project of the association. She added that the training would further extend its reach to rural areas of the country where culture, illiteracy and poverty have deprived women and young girls from reaping the dividends of ICT.
She said: This first edition of NIWIIT IT workshop is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and empower them economically in order to national development. Furthermore, we are working hard with the
federal government and necessary agencies to establish a tech centre in different geographical parts of the country, especially in rural areas.
The tech centre is going to be dedicated to the hands-on training of Nigerian young girls and women on ICT.
Also speaking at the event, the Lagos state’s Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lola Akande described the need for women and girls IT literacy as essential for productivity and poverty eradication amongst women.
She said: “It is unarguable that what would take women to be highly competitive and enable her to escape the high rate of hunger and poverty, she needs more than anything else a deep knowledge in the world of
information and communication technology. Ignoring this fact can only escalade the problem such as violence against women, economic dependency and low self-esteem among women”
She further calls for a partnership between NIWIIT and the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and poverty Alleviation to achieve this goal.
“It is my opinion that for us to record a sustainable transformation in our economic development, there is need for us to create a system based on values and it is on this note that I call for synergy between your organisation (NIWIIT) and the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to ensure that our girls and women are supported in becoming technologically competitive, and ensure that they gain proper understanding of how to use it safely and effectively as against the norms where our young ladies have unwittingly reduced the power of emerging social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat as a mere dating site instead of seeing it as a veritable tool to market their entrepreneurial ideas,” She said.