MTN is dedicated to closing the technical gap in Africa and bridging the digital divide in Nigeria.
On International Women’s Day 2023, MTN Nigeria held a Twitter Space discussion to honour the recently observed International Women’s Day with the theme DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. The workshop aimed to narrow the gender gap and promote women’s involvement in technology.
Aisha Mumuni, the Chief Digital Officer for MTN Nigeria, spoke on the panel and said, “To promote the participation of more women in technology, it is necessary to start by catching them young and introducing them to the fundamentals of tech before moving them through the school system. This would necessitate a more direct strategy.
Nnena Onyewuchi, Executive Director of Yellow Brick Road, a guest speaker, remarked, “Filling the pipeline sooner is part of encouraging greater women participation. Girls in this region of the world often start using technology later than boys do. The girls become less literate and less at ease using technology as a result of what, at first glance, appears to be a protective measure. However, there are numerous options in technology for older women outside of engineering roles.
Women frequently use tech. Technology is employed in the kitchen, at business, and for personal tasks. The correct tech orientation, the development of qualified training staff, and the successful partnership of women to mentor the younger generation would close the gap and promote greater engagement in this sector.
Onyeche Tifase, Vice President of Grid Consultancy, Siemens Technology, discussed three ways to encourage women to work in technology effectively. They are exposure, education, and employment. “Parents, institutions, employers, and other females working together to pass along the concept that females can flourish in a tech environment is a collective effort to increase women’s participation in tech,” she continued.
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, the Chief Executive Officer of Futuresoft, also contributed to the discussion by highlighting the necessity to develop relationships with the males in the room as a useful strategy for addressing gender bias in the workplace. “Having self-assurance and knowing that you succeed when estimated will offer you power.”