The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) on Monday said more women needed to key into the Nigerian tech space to accelerate the nation’s socio-economic development.
The Executive Director, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, in a statement in Lagos, bemoaned the wide gap in female presence in the realm.
According to her, there is need to use technology for the empowerment of women and girls in the society, and start it at an early stage.
She urged parents not to shower their girls with kitchen set gifts, but instead to give them more technology driven gifts.
Lesi encouraged early introduction of females to technology and also connecting them with positive female mentors.
“The mentors will help to build a community of supportive women and connect girls with insightful and inspiring work experience.
“Girls should be groomed to have bigger life horizons than just limiting them to girly mentality with dolls and cooking pots, which limits a girl’s aspirations severely,” she said.
The executive director said there were various programmes which would be of benefit to the girls technologically, calling on parents to tap into them for their girl child.
“Children are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies and are adopting these technologies at an increasing rate.
“Parents need to be abreast of such technologies so as to lead their children to the right paths, especially their girl child,” she said.