International Women’s Day 2023 is a day to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and to recognize the ongoing struggle for gender equality. This year’s theme, DigitALL: innovation and technology for gender equality, highlights the vital role that technology and innovation can play in advancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality.
In Nigeria, women had faced a number of challenges, including limited access to education and employment opportunities, as well as high rates of gender-based violence. However, in recent years, we have seen a growing number of women breaking through the glass ceiling and making their mark in the world of technology, and paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps.
Women in Nigeria are making significant strides in the field of technology. There are numerous examples of women who have made significant contributions to the tech industry in Nigeria, from creating innovative apps to founding successful startups.
For example, Oluwatosin Olaseinde is the founder of Money Africa, a financial technology company that provides financial education and access to financial services to people across Nigeria. Olaseinde’s company is helping to empower women and other marginalized groups who have traditionally been excluded from the financial system.
Another example is Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, who founded the Pearls Africa Foundation, an organization that provides coding training and other tech-related skills to girls from underserved communities in Nigeria. Through her work, Ajayi-Akinfolarin is helping to create a new generation of female tech leaders who can drive innovation and change in Nigeria and beyond.
Nnenna Nwakanma is a Nigerian tech expert and human rights activist who is a Senior Policy Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation. She advocates for digital rights and internet access for everyone and led the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) in Africa. Nwakanma has also been involved in politics and social justice and served as the Vice President of FOSSFA. She is globally recognized for her leadership and advocacy in promoting digital rights and internet access.
As much as women are making giant strides in this industry, there is still much work to be done to ensure that women in Nigeria can fully participate in the technology sector.
To address these challenges, it is essential that we continue to support and empower women in the technology sector in Nigeria and around the world. This means providing access to education and training opportunities, as well as creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of women and other underrepresented groups.
International Women’s Day 2023 is a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the vital role that technology and innovation can play in promoting this goal. Let us celebrate the achievements of women in Nigeria and around the world, while also committing ourselves to create a more just and equitable future for all.