FG Launches SmartWoman Program …..also flags off 1000 ICT Girls training program in gender empowerment drive

The federal Ministry of Communication Technology has launched the SmartWoman Nigeria and 1000 the ICT Girls training initiatives as part of federal government’s efforts to empower women and girls under the Girls and Women Initiative in Nigeria (GWIN) program.

The two empowerment initiatives were launched in Lagos on the 4th of November 2013.
The SmartWoman Project is a mobile service conceived to support the advancement, development and education of Nigerian women via the platform provided by ICTs. The initiatives will help empower Nigerian women and girls in ICTs.
SmartWoman Nigeria, will allow women connect with one another, share their knowledge and learn from each other; and through that empower themselves to achieve their goals.
1000 Girls ICT Training Class-1Dr(Mrs) Omobola Johnson with some of the girls at the flag off of the 1000 ICT Girls program

The Ministry also flagged off in partnership with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider a training program that will empower girls with ICT skills to make to improve the employability of the girls and increase their interest in pursuing careers in ICT.
The three day training programme will also empower the 1,000 girls with ICT skills and knowledge in the knowledge economy.

Minister of Communication Technology (FMCT), Mrs Omobola Johnson while speaking to IT Journalists during the launch of both initiatives said that it was time the imbalance in ICT adoption and appropriation among men and women was removed. The Minister emphasized that ICTs have the transforming power to accelerate the development of women by helping them to be more efficient and effective in their jobs, careers, and business and to generate new employment opportunities.
Mrs Johnson stressed that ICT has unlimited potential to significantly contribute to increasing the social welfare of women. She said that the Ministry was committed to empowering women and girls to embrace ICTs to actualize their potentials and contribute to the economic development of Nigeria through various technology initiatives.

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