As a way of bridging the gender digital gap in an unprecedented manner, a non-profit organization, Tech4Dev is to train 7200 young women across 12 states in Nigeria under an initiative known as Nigerian Women Techsters.
Announcing this at a press conference in Akure, the program manager of the Nigerian Women Tech stressed, Peace Odili said the initiative which is partly funded by Microsoft for women between ages of 18-40 years is aimed at solving the problem of unemployment to empower women.
"I implore every woman within the age bracket to make themselves available for this opportunity.
"ICT cuts every discipline more so, women entrepreneur need technology to boost their businesses.
"Our main goal is to bridge the gap between men and women in the tech ecosystem.''
The training sessions will take place virtually over the week, while participants will take part in online courses and entrepreneurship training to be facilitated by professionals in their respective fields.
The Executive Director of Tech4Dev, Joel Ogunsola said the Nigerian Women Techsters Initiative was conceived to help solve the growing problem of unemployment that has continued to plague youths, especially young women in underserved communities.
The initiative will be sponsored by Microsoft in partnership with the Office of the First Ladies of the States, State Ministries of Women Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs spread across 12 States in Nigeria with high female – male parity within the technology sector, to establish the Nigerian Women Techsters initiative.
The beneficiary states are Ondo, Ekiti, Imo, Oyo, Edo Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Abia, Kano, Kaduna and Kebbi states.
Also at the event was the First Lady of Ondo State, Mrs. Betty Anyawu Akeredolu who expressed delight towards the initiative.
She said, " I can confidently say that we are on the verge of bridging the gap between men and women in the ICT world. The possibilities are endless.
"They are meant to nurture the Nigerian young women.
"I am in support of this project a 100% and I hope that Microsoft will continue to give their support so that we won't only bridge the gender gap but use ICT to solve societal problems.''
Meanwhile, the registration and training are completely free of charge onwww.nigerianwomentechsters.org, with Ondo, Oyo and Ekiti States as pilot states.