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Tallen Laments Low Women Participation In IT

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has expressed concern that despite the rapid growth of the country’s info-tech sector, only few women have the opportunity to participate at the ecosystem, which is largely dominated by men.

She said this yesterday in Abuja at the second annual gender justice conference in commemoration of the 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD), organised by Christian Aid UK-Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and other development partners.

She expressed grave concern about the continuity and interrelation between offline and online violence; harassment and discrimination against women and girls.

She also said it is disheartening that only about 30 per cent of 93 surveyed technology companies in Nigeria are owned by women and more than third of these companies employed no woman at all as stated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“In Nigeria, the information and communication technology (ICT) sector has contributed 18.44 per cent to Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022, and the industry is projected to experience more leap in the future.

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