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ICT Ministry on course to bridge local gender divide

07 November 2014, 17:27

Cape Town-  Abi Jagun, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Communications Technology, said a recent global award her ministry won highlighted the government’s commitment to bridging the country’s mobile gender gap.

She was speaking during a well-attended event in Cape Town, South Africa where stakeholders committed to steering the growth of the so-called female digital economic.

The event was held under the auspices of the GSMA Connected Women.

Held under the theme, “Accelerating the Rise of the Female Digital Economy”, the summit came on the heels of Nigeria emerging as a winner of the GEM-TECH Awards 2014 for initiating policies and programmes that are empowering women and girls via ICTs.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conferred a major award to Nigeria during an event in South Korea.

The GEM-TECH Award initiative was to recognise and honour outstanding performers and role models in gender equality and mainstreaming in the area of ICTs.

The Federal Ministry of Communications Technology was among 37 finalists selected from 360 nominations from 74 countries and went on to win the award in the 7th category of “ICT and Broadband strategies, policies and frameworks that promote women's digital empowerment.

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“This has to be one of the proudest moments of my stint at the Ministry of ICT,” Abi Jagun, the Special Assistant in the Ministry of Communications Technology, said at a presentation at Connected Women 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

She was participating at a lively session titled ‘Addressing the Global Digital Skills Gap” GSMA held in Cape Town.

“The award is testament that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration is committed to bridge the gender divide in the local ICT and mobile sector,” Jagun said.

Announcing Nigeria as a winner in the seventh category at the just concluded 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary in Busan, South Korea, the Secretary General of ITU, Dr HamadounToure,commended Nigeria and the Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, for initiating positive policies and programmes that were changing the lives of women and girls in Nigeria through information and communication technologies.

In her remarks after receiving the award on behalf of Nigeria, the Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, described the award as an important recognition and validation of the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration on gender inclusion and empowerment facilitated by information and communication technologies.

– CAJ News


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