Thursday, September 13, 2012

Women in ICT Summit Nigeria

Women in ICT Summit (WITS) will be holding at the National Centre for Women Development Garki, Abuja from 18th – 20th of September, 2012. Organized by the High Tech Women Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths, a Non Governmental Organisation, WITS is an annual event for Nigerian women in the public and private sectors.  

According to the announcement, this year’s Summit is themed “Effective Implementation of Governments’ Transformation Agenda and Policies through ICTs: Issues, Opportunities and Roles for Nigeria Women”. It aims at addressing the feasibility/possibility of women using ICT in promoting local and indigenous implementation of Government Policies (i.e. ICT, STI, Health, Agriculture, Environment, Trade and Commerce Policies) and its effects on the respective communities. 

The release notes that women constitute over half of the world’s population and contribute in vital ways to societal development generally. In most societies women assume five key roles: mother, producer, home-manager, and community organizer, socio-cultural and political activists. 

However, the release states concern that major institutional constraints to women’s participation in economic activities and development process in societies are inadequate access to factors of production and trade, lack of credit facilities, lack of training opportunities, skill acquisition, limited access to appropriate production technologies and social inclusion. It states further that one of the greatest problems facing the Nigerian economy is the techniques in formulation and implementation of national policies. Observing that the role of women is quite important in the formulation and implementation of all policies, the release states that efforts through special legislation, state bye-laws and gender specific policies at all levels of government and by the civil society though note-worthy, have not deliver dividends of development to women and men equitably.

Women and ICT
Noting that Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the bedrock of educational and socio-economic developments, the release states that it has been widely proven that “Technology needs women for all sorts of reasons”.  A major thrust in the effort to close the gender gap and to get women involved in ICT for personal, gender, social and financial empowerment has been encouraged. The importance of ICTs to women lies less in the technology itself, but in the capacity to facilitate improved access to information and communication. ICTs find applicability in virtually every field of human endeavour namely education, health, transport, social work, politics, law and even religion; facilitating greater access to market information, fostering learning opportunities through distance-learning, as well as raising incomes of families through e-commerce. Women need to be informed with the latest technology and the trend in technological development as they exert significant influence on the children and their immediate environment to be able to contribute sufficiently to policy implementation.

Who to Attend
Women of Ages from 20years and above
Policy Makers and Female Parliamentarians
Public Sector Personnel (Federal, State and Local Government Workers)
Organised Private Sector
Business Women
NGOs and Civil Societies
Professional Bodies
Female Students (Undergraduate and Post graduates)

Fees and Important Dates
Summit Fees:
·         Early Registration: On or before 14th of September, 2012                  N32,000.00
·         Late Registration: After 14th to Payments at Summit Venue              N 37, 500.00
·         Students Fees Early: On or before 14th of September, 2012 -           N 27,000.00
·         Students Fees Late: After 14th till Summit Venue                  N 32,500.00

For Enquiries, Sponsorship and Registration:
Contact Event’s Manager/Consultant – HOJOB Consults Ltd on 08034241874, 08126374612;
Or Deola on 08055204972 and Kehinde on 08067126935

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Women Entrepreneurial Programme Nigeria

Nigeria's Government has announced that it is inviting Women to take part in the YouWiN! Women, entrepreneurial scheme which is designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. Women in ICT Blog notes that the initiative was developed to accelerate the progress of young enterprising Nigerian women. The aim of the scheme appears to be support of such women in launching and running sustainable business enterprises that will create jobs and foster change in Nigeria.

YouWiN! means Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. Women in ICT blog notes that it is intended to be an innovative business plan competition geared towards job creation and enterprise development by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute innovative, business ideas.

There is certainly a need for strategic initiatives that will support entrepreneurship development in Nigeria, especially amongst women. The need for capacity building - skill development, access to information and funding - is glaring. Women need to live their dreams and society needs their contributions to create a better world. The stand of Women in ICT Blog is that this is a commendable initiative provided it is inclusive and merit based. In particular this blog recommends that to ensure significant job creation impact, projects that involve ICT and innovation should be prioritized.  

Method of Application

To enter, log on to YOU WIN WEBSITE

Entries close October 14th, 2012
1,200 Winners to get up to N10 Million Open to Young Women 18-45 yrs.

YouWIN! is an initiative of the Federal Ministries of Finance, Youth Development, Communications Technology and Women Affairs

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