The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will be partnering with Womenovate to promote gender diversity in technology and engineering, and eliminate gender bias.
NITDA announced the collaboration during the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an annual international awareness campaign that celebrates the achievements of women in engineering.
Women play an important role in all facets of life, and their invaluable contributions shape the world to drive progress, foster inclusivity, and inspire future generations, said Director General of NITDA, Kachifu Inuwa Abdullahi.
“The Women in Tech and Engineering Summit is the perfect opportunity for women to come together and share their experiences which can contribute to the growth and development of female involvement and empowerment in ICT,” he added. He was represented at the event by the duo of his Special Adviser on Strategy and Innovation, Mrs. Iklima Musa, and NITDA’s Head, SERVICOM Unit, Mrs. Tarindu Ndoni.
“The new digital age, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, has brought about technologies that are reshaping the world. Integration of these technologies and the innovations derived from them have the potential to impact growth, economic well-being, and survivability of our socio-economic landscape,” said Abdullahi.
Adding:“It is, however, impossible to harness these technologies without distilling the necessary skills – a venture that Womenovate has also taken upon themselves.”
Executive Director, Womenovate LLC, Motunrayo Opayinka, expressed confidence in the collaboration with NITDA to raise awareness and promote the value of women in technology and engineering.
She said the organisation is focused on the increased representation of women in technology and engineering leadership positions, increased employment of female STEM graduates, and a supportive and collaborative community of female technology and engineering experts who can mentor, advise and support each other.