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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

eBusinessLife to celebrate ICT Girls’ Day

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The eBusiness Life Communication Limited, publishers of eBusiness Life Magazine, has concluded plans to host the International Day for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Girls.

Chief executive officer, eBusiness Life Communication Limited, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, said that the event has been scheduled to hold in April 26, 2012 for its maiden edition of the celebration of ICT Girls’ Day in the country.

The International ICT Girls’ Day is an initiative launched through ITU Resolution 70 with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of ICTs.

The Union declared the 4th (fourth) Thursday of April every year as a day of encouragement to girls and young women to consider careers in ICT and society is reminded to support them in their choice.

She noted that in view of the above, eBusiness Life, will kick-start a progressive campaign geared at making this global pursuit a reality in Nigeria.

The one-day event, she said, will be followed by series of activities which will expose young girls to the viability of career in ICT.

She pointed out that while there exist a global digital divide between nations, there also exists an internal gender digital divide that needs to be bridged urgently.

According to her, the need to sensitise young girls is premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts.

She further said that efforts should be made to introduce young girls to career opportunities in technical fields in both the public and private sectors to help them have a wide range of options and contribute their quota to the development of the industry.

These, she said, would open up opportunities for girls in ICT sector.

As part of the 2012 event, there will be quiz/ and debate competition between female students from select secondary schools, roundtable discussion, interactive and motivational talk from renowned women ICT professionals, among others.

The event will also include parents as they are a part of the future moulders for young girls.

She explained that at the end of the event, it is expected that young girls and students should be able to introspect and pursue any desired career path in ICT, technical or not, without bias, or being gender conscious.


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