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Ghana hosts ASWGT with Africa’s growing digital gender gap top agenda - ITREALMS

Africa’s leading technology innovators would gather in the city of Accra, Ghana for the second Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology, with top on the agenda being how to reduce the continent’s growing digital gender gap among women, reports ITREALMS.

The Summit, billed for October 9-11 , ITREALMS reports, comes at a crucial time when the world is set to reach 50 per cent connectivity as its aimed at designing solutions that will enable millions of African women and girls to benefit from access to technology and use their skills to build a better Africa for all.

The three-day event, ITREALMS report, would feature lightning talks from young African female technologists, as well as high-level discussions with many of Africa’s most prominent ICT policymakers and technology leaders today, including: Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Ghana; Dr Omobola Johnson, former Nigerian Minister of Communication Technology; Bitilokho Ndiaye, Gender Technical Advisor at Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, Posts and Digital Economy, Senegal; and many others.

Bridging the digital gender gap is a critical step toward the vision of a thriving Africa — yet research has shown that women in some communities are up to 50 per cent less likely than men to be online

In Africa, where nearly 75 per cent of the population remains offline, this problem is particularly acute. The Summit will explore a range of relevant topic areas, with a focus on developing policy to advance “Access to affordable broadband, Women's rights online, Digital education and skills, and Digital entrepreneurship,” said the organisers, in a press statement available to ITREALMS.

Nkem Nweke/GEE

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