The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to involve women in ITU-related activities to bridge the gender divide in ICT.
She made this call when she was speaking on a High-level panel and networking breakfast discussion last Friday in Bucharest, Romania.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stated that her Ministry empowers girls through the Girls-in-ICT initiative which now has three targets for girls in Primary to Junior High Schools (JHS), the Senior High Schools and Tertiary Schools.
She noted that the initiatives are intended to leapfrog opportunities that would help bridge the gender digital divide and mentor girls to take up leadership positions wherever they find themselves.
The gender equality event aims at fostering global Women’s networks, inspiring current and future generations of women leaders in telecommunications / ICTs and building an inclusive world.
The meeting was organized as part of the 2022 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference which is currently ongoing in Romania and it is the first gender-responsive plenipotentiary.
The event is aimed at advancing gender equality by upholding actions on agenda-setting, participation, governance, working environment, and decision-making.
The programme brought together women ministers from the Six ITU regions (Africa, America, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Commonwealth of the Independent States, and Europe) and delegates who have been committed to bridging the gender digital divide.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD