NGO urges women to use internet for business, skills development

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AN NGO, Girls Education Mission International (GEM) has urged women to use the internet for business, skills development and enrollment in online courses to add value to their sources of livelihood and professions.

Mrs Keturah Shammah, the Executive Director of GEM made the call at a Women Democracy Dialogue it organised on Friday in Jos for women in civil societies, politics, religious groups and the media.

Shammah expressed worry that women were under using the internet only for Facebook, gossips, trendy fashion styles and movies, adding that the internet was a global platform for more access to empowerment opportunities.

“The internet has limitless opportunities in business, education, employment, civic engagement, not only for chatting and watching movies,“ she said.

Shammah said the Women Democracy Dialogue was to reawaken women’s consciousness in participating in the various democratic processes in their communities and evaluate the current state of democracy in Nigeria.

“This meeting seeks to know the opinions of women on the state of our current democracy and the realities of women development in Nigeria.

“It is also to commemorate the Nelson Mandela’s international day marked on July 18, he is a true democrat and we want selfless leaders like him to ensure all the human rights and needs of the electorate were not trampled upon,“ she said.

She said that GEM would soon commence free training on internet use to enable women increase and acquire skills on how to brand and monetise business using technology, web design and connecting with women from 190 countries through its various partnerships ,“ she said.

One of the participants, Mrs Alice Mshelia said the dialogue had sensitised her on the importance of educating the girl-child, the need for women to participate in governance and know their fundamental rights.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dialogue is in partnership with the Global Alliance for Citizen Participation in South Africa and is a project of the Young African leaders Initiative in the U.S. (NAN)

– Jul. 20, 2018 @ 12:45 GMT

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