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UN showcases young female Nigerian tech innovators

On Thursday, a number of young women and men’s technological innovations that helped Nigeria advance gender equality and women’s empowerment were displayed at the United Nations.

According to Ms. Beatrice Eyong, UN Women Country Representative for Nigeria and ECOWAS, the event was part of activities to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme “DigitALL: in Abuja, titled “Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.”

Eyong noticed the wide orientation hole in work and training in the mechanical area in Nigeria, with ladies making up just 22% of the absolute designing and innovation college graduates every year.

This is because gender stereotypes and social norms still classify jobs in these industries as “men’s jobs,” preventing women from applying to study and demonstrating an interest in these fields.

“It also prevents businesses from hiring women who are qualified for these roles.”

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She stated that the showcase would demonstrate the digital and creative solutions of young Nigerian men and women to a variety of issues in various social sectors.

In addition, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of the National Information and Technology Development Agency, stated that the organization had trained over 200,000 young people on ICT to close the gender gap through its various policies and strategies.

“We prepared no less than 222,000 youngsters in ICT and we accept that we have a developing populace, energetic pioneering and growing tech eco-framework, which on the off chance that we influence can give an open door to us to accomplish orientation fairness and ladies strengthening.”

Also, the Priest of Ladies Issues, Mrs Pauline Tallen, focused on the requirement for ladies and little kids to use on mechanical developments to work on their lives and extension the orientation divergence in all areas.

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Tallen, represented by Mrs. Funke Oladipo, Director of Women’s Development, also emphasized the significance of providing women and girls with access to technology, digital skills, and support for women-led businesses.

In addition, Mrs. Ola Williams, Microsoft’s Country Manager in Nigeria, stated that the company and the federal government had collaborated to train five million youth through the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to improve technological innovations.

Williams claimed that these would make it easier for their business to access markets, the right tools, and jobs.

“Any technology developed today can actually be accessed by anyone in the world because the world has become a global village.

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She stated, “So that is why we are also providing means to employability, beyond just providing skilling mentoring.”

The exhibition of technological innovations on gender issues by young women and men, as well as tech-apps, are among the other highlights of the events.

A legitimate practioner and a consultation weakened individual, Ms Edeh Catherine-Chinyere, fostered an application, ‘Voice of Incapacity Drive’, a sound interpreter application that coverts sound to message for people with hearing disability.

Additionally, the e-platform “Honor of Haven” created by Ms. Fatima Haliru-Yahaya was designed to assist women and girls in reporting instances of sexual and gender-based violence.

Additionally, the UN Women launched a digital platform called “Buy-from-women” to connect female farmers and entrepreneurs to markets, information, and financial resources.

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