Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP).

Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), and the Enkosuohenaa of Akyem Asuom, has charged young Ghanaian women to expand their horizon and change their attitudes to ensure gender balance in the digital terrain.

She explained that, the current generation has been exposed to greater opportunities to advance in the IT sector, and that they should stop at nothing but to challenge themselves to make good use of the opportunity.

According to her, “The era of male dominance in Information Technology disciplines is gradually taking on downturn, as much space is being created for women and girls to explore their fullest potential.”

She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd edition of 2019 Girls in ICT Day, which took place at the University of Cape Cost, in the central region on 5th November, 2019,

The event, dubbed, “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes, was organized by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The Minister, emphasized on the fact that, young girls and women are more capable of making a difference in the IT industry when given the needed push.

It is on the backdrop of this, that the Ministry of Communications initiated the Girls in ICT Programme, as part of its efforts to bridge the gender gap existing in ICT.

Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP)

The Minister stressed that, the initiative seeks to whip up the interest of young girls to pursue technology and engineering courses to enable them to access jobs in the digital space as Ghana strives to advance digital technology.

“We will continue to champion the celebration of Girls-in-ICT initiative to whip up the interest of our daughters to enable them acquire ICT skills to enhance their opportunities as they develop careers in the ICT industry to make them competitive on the job market,” She emphasized.

Deputy Communications Minister for Communications, George Nenyi Kojo Andah, with a section of the Girls-In-ICT.

However, 980 girls from 14 districts in the Central region were trained in basic ICT knowledge for the second edition of the 2019 Girls in ICT event.
A section of the Girls-In-ICT

She therefore disclosed that, “We will hand over the baton from Central Region to Oti Region. The celebration in the Oti Region will be held in the 2nd Quarter of 2020. We want Oti Region to make it even better than Central Region.”

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