Intel empowers women on ICT trends

Intel Corporation. Photo; topics.nytimes

Intel Corporation. Photo; topics.nytimes

Basking in the euphoria of the success story of its ‘She Will Connect’ programme for women, Intel has created and organized a Master class session for female entrepreneurs in the country.

The progamme, which dwelled on the importance of information technology was basically hinged on the need to sharpen the knowledge of women on global accepted standards.

Giving an insight into the programme, Intel said the master class session was organised to provide gender relevant content with focus on existing digital divide, its implication on young girls, proffer solutions as well as project what Intel in collaboration with some NGO’s are doing to address the gap with the Intel She Will Connect programme.

Themed “Overcoming the Digital Divide in her Shoes”, the session had in attendance as panelists, Executive Director, Leap Africa; Iyadunni Olubode, Lead Strategist, CC Consulting Services and founder, Tech Her; Chioma Agwuegbo, Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) Oreoluwa Lesi, and Intel She Will Connect ambassador, Titilope Sonuga.

Speaking at the forum, Executive Director, Leap Africa; Iyadunni Olubode, said improving women’s access to technology has a potential to spur their economic advancement and stimulate broader economic growth.

Explaining further, she said it was regrettable that women these days still have challenges in getting adequate exposure to technology.

“Regrettably, access to technology is still a major challenge for a lot of young women out there. There is therefore, an urgent need to encourage and push women towards technology through strategic partnerships and initiatives such as the Intel She Will Connect programme.”

Also speaking Lead Strategist, CC Consulting Services and founder, Tech Her; Chioma Agwuegbo, noted that technology enhances what women are already doing and helps them take ownership of their lives.

“Women are naturally entrepreneurial and empowering these women with technology skills will increase their chances of reaching out to more customers. Interestingly research has also shown that women are more responsive to technology once they have the knowledge and exposure,” she said.

On how technology can be made more attractive to get women buy in, Lesi pointed out that when women are involved in the development and deployment lifecycle of a particular technology, her interest increases.

“Many women think technology is difficult and that is because they really don’t understand it. They need the right engagement to dispel this belief.”

The Intel She Will Connect master class programme also saw the silicon innovator introduce its recently launched online learning platform dubbed; “My Digital Journey”, aimed at providing an opportunity for women to learn, connect and share online.

According to Marketing & PR Manager, West Africa, Intel, Adim Isiakpona, the platform is a new addition to the Intel She Will Connect program and will help bridge the technology-gender gap, teach young women how to leverage the Internet to pursue their passion.

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