Nigerian technology company, MainOne says that Nigeria girls and women should careers in information and communication technology (ICT) to improve the number of girls in ICT careers across the country.
Having more women in ICT careers will improve balance in the Nigerian society says Jumoke Akande, Marketing Manager at MainOne, while speaking during the International Girls in ICT Day, hosted by e-Business Life Communications Limited in Lagos.
She encouraged girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT sector in order to end the current gender disparity in ICT jobs.
“We believe that improving the number of girls in ICT careers creates a more balanced and inclusive society. Therefore, it is important that we encourage girls to expand their horizons, to empower and enable them overcome whatever limiting mindsets and fears they might have regarding pursuing careers in ICT”, she says.
She emphasized that MainOne supports initiatives aimed to encourage technology careers for Nigerian girls, saying that “at MainOne, our goal is to provide girls of all ages with support, mentor-ship and the motivation to pursue ICT-driven careers, eventually becoming active role models themselves to the next generation of girls.”
Akande says that “our CEO, Ms. Opeke, is an ITU female role model and believes this cycle is necessary to create better opportunities for our girls and revert the gender imbalance in Technology.”
In her comments, the Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communications, Ufuoma Emuophedaro appreciated MainOne for its efforts in expediting digital literary and called on other stakeholders to join hands to further invest in girls and young women by supporting the Girls in ICT campaign and empowering them, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers.
The Girls in ICT Day, celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in April, is an awareness-raising initiative designed to promote studies and careers in technology to a new generation of girls and young women with an interest in becoming ICT enthusiasts.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes” The event was attended by the Minister of Communications, representatives from IT companies and other industry stakeholders.