The Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) has announced the date for the Nigeria Women Digital Agenda Summit and Awards. The event which is billed to hold in Lagos on the 30th of August, 2018 has the theme “Harnessing the opportunities of the digital age.”
The event was designed to highlight the huge opportunities available to women in the 21st Century, accelerate progress and identify Nigerian women across board that have been able to maximise the tremendous opportunities offered by the digital age to better their communities, career and the country at large.
The event is expected to bring together 700+ women and girls from different walks of life to share strategies and map out the future of the Nigerian woman in a digital age.
According to the Executive Director of CECAD, Dr. Bayero Agabi, the 21st Century is a period of tremendous information explosion, where science, technology and innovationare no longer treated as stand-alone but have become integral parts of human existence transforming lives and businesses.
Agabi, added that with women at the centre of homes, businesses and many corporations, summit and awards forum will create a platform where women will x-ray current trends in entrepreneurship, healthcare, politics, businesses, agriculture, social and family lives with regards to how well they have fared in the knowledge economy using technology.
“It will also provide the opportunity to better understand the position of women in the economy and society that is being transformed by digital technologies while proffering solutions to some of the factors limiting women from maximising the opportunities in this new age,” he said.
Agabi added that women all over world were faced with challenges even in the face of tremendous opportunities offered by technology.
He listed the following as part of the issues to be addressed at the summit digital gender divide, the systematic under-representation in top executive positions, discrimination in employment especially in science and technology related fields. He cited a UN statistics stating that “women worldwide are 20 per cent less likely to hold a senior leadership position in the mobile communication industry, they make only eight per cent of the investing partners at the top 100 venture capital (VC) firms and only 17 per cent of the scientists earning more than $ 105, 000 (in 2015).”