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Female-led firm addresses ICT gender divide

29 April 2016, 20:37

Lagos – One of the country’s most prominent female-led companies has lent its voice to the global campaign urging young women to consider careers in the growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Jumoke Akande, Marketing Manager at MainOne, noted there was currently a gender disparity in ICT jobs and urged girls and women to pursue ICT-related careers.

“We believe that improving the number of girls in ICT careers creates a more balanced and inclusive society.

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“Therefore, it is important that we encourage girls to expand their horizons, to empower and enable them overcome whatever limiting mindsets and fears they might have regarding pursuing careers in ICT,” said Akande.

She further emphasized MainOne’s support of initiatives aimed to encourage technology careers for Nigerian girls.

Akande said at MainOne, the goal is to provide girls of all ages with support, mentorship and the motivation to pursue ICT-driven careers, eventually becoming active role models themselves to the next generation of girls.

“Our CEO, Ms. (Funke) Opeke, is an ITU female role model and believes this cycle is necessary to create better opportunities for our girls and revert the gender imbalance in technology,” said Akande.

MainOne sponsored a session in Lagos, commemorating Girls in ICT Day.

It is celebrated on the last Thursday of April yearly.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes.”

- CAJ News


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