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Globacom, Signal Alliance support eBusinessLife to empower girl child - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
Telcom giant, Globacom has put its weight behind eBusiness Life Communication Limited in the campaign to recognize the empowerment of, and investment in girl-child as part of the global celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, which comes up on October 11, 2018 at the Landmark Event Center, Victoria Island Lagos, reports ITREALMS.

Globacom also acknowledged in a letter to the organisers on the need to encourage young girls to ascribe to positions that will enable them contribute their quota to the growth and development of the country in all sectors of the economy.

Also, indigenous technology company, Signal Alliance Limited, said it is standing with eBusiness Life to empower these crop of young Nigerian girls to achieve their dreams this season.

Signal Alliance which has spread its footprint into health tech, Renewable energy, Enterprise IT and Fintech has been a campaigner for the education, empowerment and mentorship for young girls both in ICT and other fields of endeavour.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adanma Onuegbu, had at a forum in Lagos encouraged young girls to take up the challenge and not look at gender disparity as a hindrance to achieving their goals.

International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day affirmed by the United Nations. The Day was declared to raise awareness of issues facing girls internationally. These issues border on education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights. The Day of the Girl helps raise awareness, not only on the issues that girls face, but what is likely to happen when those problems are solved. For example, educating girls helps reduce the rate of child marriage, diseases, and helps strengthen the economy by helping girls have access to higher paying jobs. So the awareness is not only on the problems, but the eventual benefits when the challenges are resolved.

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year's theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

According to the Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro: “Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030.” She further called on corporate bodies and individuals to join the march towards highlighting the potentials and unique challenges of adolescent girls.

According to UNICEF (2017) there are 1.1 billion girls, who are a source of power, energy, and creativity and this year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face in choosing careers.

The campaign also seeks to break the cycle of discrimination and violence and promotes the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community.

The 2018 edition of the campaign, which seeks to position the girl-child for the future, is billed to hold on Thursday, October 11, 2018 and eBusiness Life Communications Limited, publishers of eBusiness Life magazine, a monthly consumer-centric ICT magazine, is billed to host this campaign in Nigeria.

The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had said, "Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right it is a social and economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable."

Expected guests at the event include the Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Lagos Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande; CEO, Signal Alliance, Mrs. Adanma Onuegbu; Managing Director of MainOne Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke; Country Manager of Google Nigeria, Ms. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor; Chief Executive Officer of Customer Centricity, Mrs. Uloma Umeano, among other top executives.

There will be a panel of discussants that will be drawn from each of the sectors represented, and from partner companies.

e-Business Life Magazine is a monthly Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Magazine incorporated to bring better information that would link users and service providers as well as enable Nigeria take its pride of place among the comity of nations in the new global economy.

The mission at e-Business Life Magazine is to inform and educate ICT users on trends and developments both locally and internationally; to provide a platform on which to build ICTs in a Nigeria and also to be a voice for ICT consumers in the country. In addition we are poised to create a world where Nigerian youths have a better understanding of modern technologies and can easily deploy these technologies in developing their communities.

Uj. N. Dominic/GEE

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