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Postal Ministry Leads Campaign for Females …. In ICT Sector

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) has begun leading a robust campaign and awareness for females’ representation in the Information Communication Technology Sector (ICT), as well as Science, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM).

The robust campaign officially began over the weekend when the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications joined the rest of the Global Community in celebration of International Day of Girls in ICT.

The program which was celebrated under the theme: “Leadership’’ brought together dozens of female students from universities and high schools in the Ministry’s conference room where beautiful speeches and inspirational statements were made as a means of motivation and encouragement of female students.

Girls in ICT day initiative aim and embody the values of empowerment, innovation, and inclusivity, with the aim of bridging the gender gap within the Information and Communication Technology sector.

Giving the overview and introduction of Girls in ICT Day, Ms. Regina Sackoe, a Representative from the Liberia Information Technology Students Union (LITSU) and ICT student said in their rapidly evolving digital landscape, ICT plays a crucial role in shaping the world.

She urged each and every Liberian to embrace this journey, to question the existing norms, and to become the catalysts for change that the ICT industry so desperately requires, while appealing that all should champion the cause of gender equality in technology which pave the way for a brighter and more equitable future.

According to her, despite its transformative potential, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in this industry.

She added that the Girls in ICT program strive to challenge this inequality by inspiring and equipping young women with the necessary skills, confidence, and opportunities to thrive in the tech field.

‘’Through mentorship, workshops, and practical training, this program not only nurtures technical expertise but also fosters leadership qualities and an entrepreneurial mindset among its participants. By empowering girls and women in ICT, we not only unlock their potentials but also drive innovation, promote diversity, and construct a more inclusive digital future for all,’’ Ms. Sackoe pointed out.

Delivering a Special Statement on behalf of the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Mr. Sekou Konneh, Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Mr. Mohammed Massaley, urged the females to take on leadership and responsibilities and embrace participation in technology.

According to him, the government of President Joseph Nyumah Boakai prioritizes and takes youth involvement and development in technology very seriously that is why he committed his government to developing the capacity of ten thousand youth in ICT.

He assured that going forward, they will continue to lead a robust campaign for the full participation of females in ICT, saying “technology is the major tools countries using now to change policy and economy.”

“We, from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, are committed to this vision and policy of the President. Girls have the capacity as boys to take control of the ICT sector. The Ministry of Post is ready and willing to provide mentorship, training, internship as well as job opportunities for females who want to enter this filed. Our doors are opened and we encourage all females to take on the challenge,’’ he concluded.

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