The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure and its relevant stakeholders on recently held a day's seminar in celebration of the international girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT), a day backed by international telecommunication union (ITU).
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at UTG faculty of Law, Fatim Badjie opined that most professionals still in ICT are men, stressing that the content and perspectives at times portrayed may not sit well with women’s view. “So having a more balance representation can eliminate many distorted images about women," Fatim noted, adding that through information and access to knowledge, girls can research and find out about things affecting them and as well understand the digital world.
According to her, a modern society without ICT is unimaginable, for technologies that enables this she said, have been integrated in every aspect of our business activities and daily lives, which has massively connected us together through information.
Her words; “We must recognize that young people are now an online population and access through ICT’s brings a lot of advantages for youths if used the right way and can be misleading and dangerous to the point it can leave lifelong bad experience if used the wrong way.”
For his part, Ansumana Sanneh, Director General of The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authorities (PURA), expressed delight with the country’s reaction to ICT, adding that they have recognized the deficiency and have pledged true commitment as far as policy, financial and personal drive are concern. “Despite the forgoing, it is of concern to see the number of schoolgirls opting to study technology-related disciplines on the decline in most countries worldwide.”
He thus stated that ICT is increasing in importance whiles hoping that it becomes a functional requirement for people’s work, social and personal lives. Sanneh assured his institution’s collaboration with MOICI to provide more opportunities that will help achieve gender parity in development through ICT.