ICT expert seeks women empowerment in use of technology to boost businesses

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Lagos – An expert in ICT, Ms Lauren Dawes, says the Federal Government’s support is crucial to building the capacity of women to use technology to boost their businesses.

Dawes, who is the Co-Founder of Panoply Digital Ltd., said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos on sideline of a sensitisation workshop.

NAN reports that the training was organised by the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) -a coalition of 18 business associations with the support of the Centre for International Private Enterprises (CIPE).

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“One of the ways the government should be assisting is to be looking at how to build the capacity of women and how to upscale them.

“To be teaching them how to use and to be encouraging them towards technology and into ICT.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

“So there should be some government support and some government schemes that help to train its women and make them feel more comfortable about using technology.

“During the training session, we have talked about using press releases, talked about using radio, talked about using other forms of media.

“This is just a way of showing them that there are other tools that act as mainstream, that can be used and help capture the modern audience, using a lot of different tools.

“ And perhaps, there is one tool that we have shown them today that helps them to reach just another segment of the population of women.’’

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According to her, the training is meant to improve businesses and reduce the time of transporting oneself from one place to another.

She said that the mobile phone had wider outreach, adding that 75 per cent of women in Nigeria could not access mobile data.

Dawes said that she had looked into the different technology tools such as whatsapp, bulk sms, and Twitter, among others.

Panoply Digital Ltd. is a company with business interests in mobile technology, mobile payments, mobile internet, mobile commerce, wireless and business development and it is based in London. (NAN)

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