Call for inclusive and equitable digital spaces for girls

To mark International Women’s Day 2023, Plan International Ghana organised an event to bring stakeholders together to discuss safe and inclusive digital access for girls.

Stakeholders came together at a durbar organised by Plan International Ghana to discuss girls’ access to tech.

Mr. Amatus Dangboor, Plan International Ghana’s, Regional Project Coordinator for the Women’s Innovation for Sustainable Enterprises (WISE) project in Sunyani, Tano-North and Techiman has stressed the need to create a more inclusive and equitable digital space.

He said women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers, and they continue to held back from participation in technological design and governance.

Innovation and technology for gender equality

Mr. Dangboor was speaking at a durbar organised to commemorate International Women’s Day celebration on the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” in the Ahafo Region.

The durbar was organised as part of the WISE project with the support of Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with Plan International Ghana, Women’s Integrated Development Organisation (WIDO) and other local partners.

Mr. Dangboor explained that in this era of computing and artificial intelligence, women had made inexpressible contributions to the digital world, saying some had gone against all odds to make contributions in a sector perceived to be male dominated.

Technology key to empowering marginalised groups

He stressed that digital technology was a gateway to empowering women, girls and other marginalised groups globally and represented an extraordinary prospect for eliminating all forms of gender disparities and inequalities.

Mr David Bagonluri, the Executive Director of WIDO told the gathering it was through education that women could do many things in society, indicating that women were restricted from engaging in many fields but that could not be said of today. He emphasised the responsibility of stakeholders in innovation and technology to support gender equality.

Mr. Daniel Owusu, the Tano North Municipal Coordinating Director encouraged men to do their best by supporting and motivating women in their respective societies.

Nana Adwoa Dum II, the Queen mother of Adrobaa, commended the contribution of WISE in Adrobaa and its surrounding villages for the socio-economic development of the area, saying their presence had made many of the women self-reliant.

Education, Youth empowerment, Technology for development