The International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day is observed on April 24 to, among other things, highlight the need for girls to be actively involved in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the betterment and improvement of their lives.
The event is an initiative backed by International Technological Union (ITU) member states to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.
To realise the dream of involving girls in ICT, the Marshalls University College has set up the African Ladies in ICT Club to promote the interest of women and girls in ICT.
As part of its activities, members of the club would select a public school at Ofankor to teach the students how to use ICT and sensitise women at the Kaneshie Market to the adoption of ICT.
Speaking at the launch of the club, the Vice Principal of the Ghana International School, Mbeke Waseme, said the initiative by Marshalls was laudable because the ICT sector had become male dominated.
“I think it is important because ICT has developed into a male-dominated sector. The idea of leveraging and levelling the playing field is important because we live in the world where women are the main carers and first teachers,” she said.
Women dominating small-scale sector
She said with women dominating the small-scale business sector in Ghana, giving them the knowledge in ICT would enhance their business activities.
For instance, she said, business women could use ICT to enhance their finances, become more efficient in managing their businesses, use ICT for book keeping and making orders.
The President of Marshalls University College, Mr Tettey Nettey, said the African woman was capable of doing a lot of things and that if they were empowered with technology, they would perform well.
“So in our own small corner, we decided to bring the ladies we have here at Marshalls from the different countries on the continent together to form the African Ladies in ICT.”
“We want to tap into the flow that is going on at the UN level through the International Telecommunications Union (ITU),” he said.
He said as part of the celebrations, the university college would upload its projects to the UN.
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