Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to remove barriers that prevent women from achieving top positions in Nigeria, particularly in politics, yesterday.
Laing made the comments while speaking at a CyberSafe Foundation event in Nigeria, where over 2,400 girls were educated in digital skills under the ‘DigiGirls Digital Empowerment’ initiative.
DigiGirls Digital Empowerment is a UK-funded initiative that teaches females digital skills like digital marketing, e-commerce, data analytics, and graphic design, among other things, so they may find work both in and outside of Nigeria.
“The number one difficulty Nigerian women suffer is not being able to have enough role models in female roles, particularly in politics,” she added of the challenges they confront.
“As we witnessed in the constitutional revisions, males opposed proposals to incorporate women in positions of power. So there won’t be enough role models for young girls unless we tear down these obstacles and enable women to reach these positions.”
“The UK supports Nigeria in its bold objective to generate 100 million jobs in ten years, and we think that the Digital Economy can play a vital role in unlocking this,” she said when asked what the British government is doing to help Nigeria overcome the gender gap.
“Improving girls’ access to school is a fundamental component of the UK’s G7 presidency, and it is at the core of global attempts to recover from the epidemic.”
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“That is why we are delighted to be here today to celebrate the graduation of the Digi-Girls project’s inaugural cohort of 2400 women and girls.
“We are also delighted that, as announced by the UK’s Minister for Africa during her visit to Nigeria last month, we will be able to expand this project to directly benefit an additional 4000 women and reach a further 10,000 women through train the trainer approaches, as announced last month by the UK’s Minister for Africa during her visit to Nigeria.”
“We think that such programs would assist in resolving Nigeria’s digital inequality, which now has a 15% gender gap against women,” Laing added.Join our Telegram Channel for Updates!!!
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