NITDA Renews Commitment to Empowering Women for Inclusive Digital Growth

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Director General Kashifu Inuwa of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reiterated the agency’s dedication to empowering women in Nigeria’s technology sector.

During a meeting with a delegation from TECHWOMEN, led by Ms. Binta Mustapha, Inuwa emphasized NITDA’s unwavering commitment to bridging the digital gender gap.

The report noted, “Inuwa expressed this during a meeting with a delegation from TECHWOMEN, led by Ms. Binta Mustapha, at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.”

NITDA’s strategic roadmap emphasizes the importance of fostering digital literacy and cultivating talent, aligning with the agency’s mission to empower women in technology.

Meanwhile, Inuwa stressed the need for a minimum of 40% representation of women across all NITDA initiatives to create a conducive environment for women in the tech sector.

In his words, “There is a need for a minimum of 40% women representation across all NITDA initiatives to create a conducive environment for women to thrive in the technology sector.”

Particularly, NITDA is actively developing a National Digital Gender Inclusion Strategy to address the historical dominance of men in tech.

“The NITDA Boss disclosed ongoing efforts to develop a National Digital Gender Inclusion Strategy aimed at addressing the historical dominance of men in previously launched initiatives,” the report highlighted.

Inuwa highlighted NITDA’s collaboration with the World Bank to provide digital literacy training for women, emphasizing the agency’s commitment to supporting women in tech.

“Director General emphasized the broader goal of these initiatives – building talent and facilitating job access,” the report mentioned.

Partnerships with global tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Coursera underscore NITDA’s efforts to enhance access to digital job opportunities for women.

Inuwa explained, “We are working with different partners both local and international on how this can be propagated and even incorporate it into our mentor curriculum.”

Ms. Binta Mustapha of TECHWOMEN emphasized the importance of women’s contributions to national growth through innovation and job creation.

“The opportunities given to women have aided in bridging the gender gap, providing them with the platform to showcase their talents and innovative ideas towards solution findings,” Mustapha noted.

Continuing, Mustapha emphasized, “More women participation is needed in the tech world so as to contribute their quota to the growth of the nation through job creation.”

Summarily, NITDA’s commitment to empowering women in tech reflects its dedication to fostering innovation, diversity, and inclusion in Nigeria’s technology landscape.

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