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The Power of ICT

Nabiye with the Facilitators and some Teachers of the schools represented at the event

It was a beautiful rainy morning, driving through the scene of the bomb blasts that occurred in my country Nigeria, I wondered what it is going on with the victims of the blasts and their families, I wondered if the government is keeping to their promises to cater for the hospital bills or the families have been abandoned to their fate. Pondering also the issue of the abducted Chibok school girls and the #bringBackOurGirls campaign that have been going on, thanks to the internet the campaign spread so fast that people all over the world got involved in the campaign online and offline. This is how powerful and useful the internet can be. Just recently the news have it that four of the girls have escaped, but the ordinary Nigerians are not sure since the internet, the media, the military, and the government have been coming up with contradictory reports making it difficult for us to know who or what to believe about the abduction. It was in the midst of these thoughts that I arrived at venue of the event; To mark the 2014 International day of girls in ICT, Youth Initiative for sustainable Development in collaboration with FCT-Agency for Science and Technology, Junior Achievement Nigeria, Initiative for the Elimination of Violence against women and children and World Bank Youth Forum. I was there to encourage school girls on the need to participate in ICT, speaking on the topic- promoting and empowering girls in ICT. When it comes to the internet and technology in Africa, women and girls are economically disadvantaged. There are a lot of opportunities in the ICT world and from my interactions with the school girls, I observed that most of the school girls do not have mobile phones, and have no access to computers even back home, and so how can they participate and be empowered? For the few who have mobile phones and/ or have access to computers said they are not online, they have no idea what to do in the internet and the ones who are online only engage in chats with friends. We had a great session teaching them on the importance of participating online, and some ICT experts in the event who taught them on how to create blogs and how to educate themselves on issues of interest to them from the internet. The internet have become so powerful such that women and girls have no option but to participate fully because we are in an era where if you do not have knowledge of ICT you can hardly succeed or catch up with the globalization. You can imagine how it would be like if the abducted chibok girls had mobiles phones, with access to the internet at the time of abduction. they would have posted immediately online and i am sure that would have attracted the security teams, but they had no internet enabled phones, i recall reading in the papers how one of the parents lamented why he never bought a phone for his daughter, said he wished he did. The ones who had internet enabled phones perhaps are not educated on how to use it or what to do. The most effective way in empowering the girl-child is through education and the most contemporary education in our world today is the ICT. It then becomes imperative that the training of girls in ICT becomes paramount in our society. The ICT makes our lives richer, comfortable and connect people from all over the world. For me as an individual and even in my Organization, I know how much I have benefited from the internet, and especially from World Pulse, I have met and interacted with a lot of women and i have gained more confidence in what by participating online.

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Tam's picture

Welcome and important news

Dear Nabiye,

I join many, many others in continuing to remember and continuing to hope for the safety and freedom of the girls. I continue to trust that International involvement is active and that there is action taking place that we are not at this point privy to. Anything less is unacceptable and we will not stop watching and pressing in whatever ways possible.
To learn first hand through this piece your current perspective and concerns, and to be able to respond to you, is such a welcome form of news so long awaited and now finally within our grasp.

It was then so encouraging to read that there was a conference for International Day of Girls in ICT, connections being made with youth and sustainability, recognition of achievements by youth, and a formal Initiative for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. WOW! And you in the midst of it helping lead the way. Thank you for the details on pressing problems that you are all addressing. It is once again a reminder that as a global community we must address inequalities in both equipment and access. The photos are beautiful, and powerful, sharing with us all the scope of this conference, and the strength the participants. I am glad to see that you are surrounded by others similarly determined, and hope that you continue to feel the support from great distances.

With love in Sisterhood,
Tam

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You!!!!

Dear Tam,
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, i really feel encouraged. Yeah, about the girls, we are still hoping that they are really working on it. Last week i read in the papers our former president saying he made some contacts with the boko haram sects and he said he is afraid some of the girls may never come back and that they might release the ones who are pregnant and so sick. i am still trying to confirm if he actually said that, and if it is true, then it is sad indeed and i don't know what next to think about the whole abduction. There are alot of questions left unanswered. on my part, i will continue to ensure we keep working towards empowering women and children in ICT. Thanks once again Sister. Big hugs.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Tam's picture

Thank You

Dear Nabiye,

Thank you for keeping us informed. This is a failure of the global community, and your news will help us all continue pressure on our own countries. The work that you are doing is so encouraging and inspiring.

Hugs back to you,

Tam

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you once again

Dear Tam,
Thanks once again! I am glad i have you and all the world pulse community. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

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