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Vodacom Pushes For Gender Parity In ICT
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:48:01 AM »
Tech firm, Vodacom Business Nigeria, has decried the huge gap between male and female in the information communication technology (ICT) across the country. It described the development as challenging, adding that more needed to be done by stakeholders in the industry to redress the imbalance.

Its Senior Product Manager, Mrs. Funke Atanda, said gender equality remained a daunting challenge which every stakeholder in the ICT ecosystem must come together to address.

?Gender equality remains a challenge, particularly in the ICT sector, and so we realise that we should do more to bridge the disparity between male and female in this sector. By supporting ICT skill acquisition for girls, bringing females into our organisations to learn about new technologies and helping them further develop their ideas, we are able to encourage more girls to choose courses and careers in ICT. This will help increase the number of women in the ICT sector in the near future,? she said during a one-day ICT field trip the firm organised for female students from Baptist Girls Academy, Lagos.

The forum was designed to motivate girls to choose future careers in ICT

The firm said it was concerned by the gap between women and men in the ICT. Specifically, the firm referred to statistics provided by Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which showed that the ratio of Nigerian female workers to men in ICT was 3.3:1 in 2012; organised.

According to the NBS, the share of Nigerian females in the ICT workforce rose steadily from 19.02 per cent in 2010 to 22.96 per cent in 2012, with 78,757 Nigerian females employed in the sector at that time. With companies such as Vodacom which are actively accelerating gender equality in the workplace, it is expected that the number of females in the ICT sector must have grown substantially between 2012 and now.

She said when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, Vodacom leads as currently, 43 per cent of Vodacom?s workforce is female. Last year, promotions of female employees rose by nine per cent, while 17 per cent of the executive workforce is female. Vodacom?s working policies also allow women more flexibility around maternity leave and returning to work.

Atanda said:  ?Vodacom will continue to support and advocate for gender equality for women in and through ICT; this will strengthen their stance in the sector while continuing to improve lives of all around the world.?

However, with the decline in the number of female candidates admitted into Engineering, Technology and ICT faculties between 2014 and 2015, it is important that more companies join in the promotion of females in ICT education in the country.

According the NBS, of the 564 candidates admitted into the Faculty of Engineering in Lagos State, in 2014, only 129 were female. The numbers declined in 2015 with only 84 females admitted of the 414 candidates admitted into the faculty of engineering in Lagos State. By providing donations, training and support to ICT driven programmes.


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Vodacom Pushes For Gender Parity In ICT
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:48:01 AM »

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