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Internet, a positive tool for women empowerment


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Some female panellists on Friday in Lagos described the internet as a positive tool for women empowerment.

They made the assertion at the ongoing Social Media Week while discussing the topic “Can the Internet save Women?’’

Mrs Aisha Augie-Kuta, Senior Special Assistant, New Media, Government House, Kebbi State, said that the internet had influenced women tremendously, especially in the North.

Augie-Kuta said that due to the culture and tradition of the North, women were usually embarrassed to discuss some issues, especially on health.

According to her, a lot of women are embarrassed to see doctors concerning some of their health challenges.

“I am looking at the internet from a positive view; yes it can save women.

“A lot of women are embarrassed to see a doctor on health challenges.

“They can now go online and find out about their symptoms before gaining confidence to see a doctor on what burdens them.

“It makes most women innovative because there are definitely various ways of empowering oneself online,’’ Augie-Kuta said.

She said that though some women still lacked internet facilities but those with access should use it to affect the society.

Jewel Bush, National Director of Communications, GirlTreck, said that there were people who were disadvantaged and had no access to internet.

Affiong Williams, Founder, Reelfruit, said that the social media was moving at a pace where people did not sit to reflect.

She said that there was need to be vigilant to bridge the gap.

The SMW commenced on Feb. 4 and ends on Friday.

The objective is to improve brands, agencies and technological providers with the latest insights, brands and best practices, together with access to a global community of marketing decision makers.


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