Women especially from the informal areas have been called upon to venture into the fast-growing digital space so as to enable them to prosper economically.
Speaking during an open forum with young women on digital inclusion organized by Aminia Dada Innovations, Mrs. Esther Koimett, The Principal Secretary In the state department of Broadcasting and Telecommunication in the ministry of ICT, encouraged the women to position themselves well in the world of ICT and take advantage of the arising opportunities in digital technology.
” Young Girls, I am challenging you to stay positive no matter the circumstance. you can form a group of five or more where you encourage each other. amongst yourselves, you can contribute towards a project that would enable you to grow economically. The government has also created an online program called Ajira where young people are being empowered to access digital job opportunities.” said Mrs. Koimett.
She also asked the women to remain steady fast and fearless in the digital space due to the cyber-bullying that is common online and in most cases directed at women.
” In digital space, You will endure a lot of challenges such as abuses, unconscious bias especially you ladies from the slum settlement, and many other forms of stereotypes. I encouraged you to ignore them. The law on cyber-crime is there to protect you. Just pick the positive comments” added Mrs. Koimet.
Editar Ochieng, a Kibera-based women’s rights activist, said despite facing a myriad of challenges, women from mostly informal settlements have made significant strides as far as women in digital inclusion are concerned.
She however lamented the lack of proper training in the digital economy.
”it is true most young women from slum set-ups are not in digital space and as a result, can not earn a leaving from it. most of the ladies lack the skills and training on how digital space works. but once training and awareness are done to them, they will definitely be at par with technology” said Editar
The event which was attended by over 30 young women from slum areas, was also graced by former Law Society Of Kenya president Nelson Havi, CEO of Institute of Economic Affairs Kwame Owino, Digital Rights Expert Victor Ndede, and Aminia Dada Innovations Executive Director Damaris Mabeya.
Aminia Dada Innovations is a program that encourages women, especially those in STEM and ICT to leverage technology as a tool for economic empowerment