Jidaw Systems (Jidaw) marked 100 years of International Women’s Day in 2011 through a special session on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women through ICTs during its March 2011 FREE IT Career Seminar on March 12, 2011. International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global recognition and celebration of women.
ICT: Positive Change and a Sustainable Future
To us at Jidaw, ICT is not a deity to be worshipped. It is a tool for positive change and a sustainable future. Without developing human capital ICT is reduced to a “paper tiger”. The FREE IT Career Seminar is held regularly in Nigeria, Africa to answer these questions: What is the importance of ICT skills? How should we disrespect status quo with ICT? What are the different career opportunities in ICT? What are the important IT certifications and what is the value of IT certification? Why is IT Entrepreneurship so important? How does one develop the required career focus?
Gender Digital Divide
The world has witnessed great improvements in mobile telephony, the Internet, e-business, etc. There however are various disturbing challenges associated with ICTs. Inconsistencies in the exploitation and deployment of ICTs are a major concern – the digital divide. And as we emphasize the importance of women in society the gender digital divide is a major worry. The empowerment of women is essential for a sustainable world. If poverty is to be reduced, if healthcare must improve, the world needs the ideas, strength and contribution of women.
However does ICT promote gender equality and empower women? There are many women that have made significant contribution through ICT. So does ICT automatically empower women? NO WAY! In fact there are much more women outside the loop. For example, why there so few women working in the “hi tech” areas of ICT? Without deliberate, well thought through policies, ICT may be hurting rather than helping women.
International Women’s Day Theme
Our theme therefore as we celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day 2011 is: ”Empowering Women, Creating the Future”.
International Women’s Day Session
This special session celebrated the achievement of women in ICT to inform and encourage women and men about the impact women have in ICT. We salute all women, especially those who have contributed by serving as role models to women and men through their own achievements through ICTs. We salute them for encouraging other girls and women to pursue their ICT career and entrepreneurial dreams. Many of us have stood on the shoulders of these great women. Your efforts will not be in vain.
The special session was also an opportunity to sensitize the public and create awareness on policies, practices and action that are needed for the advancement and empowerment of women through ICTs. Without empowerment can women fully realize their potentials? ICT skills are life skills that will help in the journey. They can also tap into the wide range of ICT career and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Change the World, Live your Dreams and Bring out Your Greatness
ICT provides a wealth of opportunity open to women and men that can’t be ignored. You can change the world, live your dreams and bring out your greatness. We must not miss this incredible opportunity.
It is essential we do what we can to support the empowerment of women. We have no alternative if we are serious about creating the future that is rewarding and fulfilling. Without the empowerment of women sustainability remains a distant dream.
ICT is a tool, a weapon that women should use to Create the Future. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the positives, remind ourselves that there is still work to be done and provoke us into playing our part in the empowerment of women.
Wherever you are, you can make a difference. Don’t just think, ACT. Everyday is International Women’s Day.
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