ActionAid Nigeria and Global Peace Development (GPD) have raised awareness and improved the lives of nearly 1,000 women. They did this in 12 communities in Kaduna State through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The program was conducted in communities where ActionAid’s SARVE III project is being implemented, the program was intended to mark International Women’s Day (IWD).
At Narayi community, GPD resource officer Malextive Abekyaa said the aim of raising awareness is to bridge the information gap between women and improve employment and income opportunities for women.
“Globally, it has been noticed that women are always left behind when it comes to certain aspects of life like engineering. A few women are gradually coming in and when you look at the digital space, you will see that there are more men than women.
“The United Nations has predicted that 1.5 trillion dollars will be lost because women are not participating in the digital world and that is why we are creating awareness to the women in the grassroots that the mobile phones are not only for calls but that there is a lot they can do with their phones.”
A participant, Victoria Bamaiyi, said she was better informed on the need to open bank accounts. As well as take advantage of the ongoing cashless policy in the country to expand her business.
cc: Daily Trust Ng