•To bridge gender digital gap, calls for inclusion
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), African Focus For Youth Development (AFFYD) has embarked on training of youths mostly women and girls in the northern part of Nigeria on the positive use of internet.
AFFYD organised the training at the weekend with the aim to encourage digital inclusion and bridge the gender gap, especially in the region.
According to a Kano based radio broadcaster and social activist, Amb. Emmanuel Gabari, who is also the Executive Director of AFFYD, said that he is contributing his quota in “bridging the gap by training young girls, women and youth on the positive use of the internet”.
Gabari noted that “women and young girls are still left behind in terms of Internet usage and surfing online for career and business opportunities that will improve their lives”.
He said that recent research has shown that northern women still have limited access to the internet due to various reasons, ranging from illiteracy, poverty, poor internet connectivity, high price of browsing gadgets, socio cultural issues, government educational policies and lots more.
The AFFYD training, which was held at American Corner, Kano State, with the theme: ‘Gender Digital Inclusion’, had 68 participants from various organizations, coalitions and community based organisations (CBOs).
The participants were taken through various topical issues like Girls Empowerment, Power of the Internet/Technology, Gender Based Violence Online, Digital Security, Self Confidence, Masculinity and lots more.
Later on, the 68 participants also broke into various groups to brainstorm and proffer solutions on how young girls, women and youth can be carried along to bring about development in our communities.
The group presentations saw participants highlighting the need for women and girls to have self confidence, for more female professionals to mentor young girls and follow up till they graduate, for government to provide at least 12 years of basic education for young girls (primary to secondary school), for parents to support and encourage their female children to learn basic computer applications so from an early age.
Participants at the AFFYD training on Gender Digital Inclusion
In a press briefing shortly after the training, Gabari told journalists that “today’s training is the fourth in the series of our trainings. We had previously trained 96 champions from different LGAs and were mandated to also go back to their communities to step it down. We also had trained 42 girls from different secondary schools as peer educators to also reach out to other students.
“We sincerely want to thank CITAD for supporting us and the media for always giving me opportunities to talk about Gender Digital Inclusion on so many radio stations I was invited as a special guest.”
He also commended the organisations that supported the organisation “in one way or the other, especially Paradigm Initiative and Youthub Africa for constantly supporting AFFYD to do some of this work”