Communications Minister bemoans low participation of women in technology


The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Akuffo, has bemoaned the lack of technological knowledge, especially among women and children.

The minister said it is unforgivable that in the 21st century the majority of Ghana’s population, made up of women and children, still struggle to take advantage of advancement in technology to improve their lives.

Mrs. Owusu-Akuffo made these comments when she met a delegation from Women in Tech Africa (WITA), as part of efforts to develop programmes that enable more young women to partake in the digital explosion happening globally.

The minister used the opportunity to call on Women in Tech Africa to join forces and collaborate with her outfit to use technology in reaching out to women and children in underprivileged communities around the country.

She also emphasised the role that technology can play in unleashing the potential of many underprivileged children, who she explained could become the next Einstein and Steve Jobs of the world. She urged the WITA team to partner with the ministry in 2018 and beyond to make this vision a reality.

On her part, Founder of Women in Tech Africa, Ethel Cofie, thanked the Minister for opening up dialogue on the myriad opportunities that technology presents to Ghanaian women and children.

Ms. Cofie noted that Women in Tech Africa, with operations in 14 African countries and in the diaspora, has the experience and capacity and is well-positioned to take up the challenge of partnering with the ministry in its quest to make Ghanaian women and children technologically literate.

Women in Tech Africa is involved in many projects, including MTN Girl Code, #Herfuture Africa and the flagship programme of the group, Women in Tech Week – which is organised in 14 African countries and in the diaspora at large.

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