Senegal: Women invited to take greater ownership of technologies
Like the international community, Senegal is celebrating International Girls’ Day. For the occasion, an open day for schoolgirls in Dakar was organized at the Directorate of Autonomous Information Processing of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Planning.
Computing is intelligence embedded in all trades around the world. The Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Planning, accompanied by its partners, understood this maxim and made the firm intention not to be left out in the celebration of the International Day of Girls in ICT, following the plan. national action of resolution 70 of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Its objective is to contribute to strengthening the knowledge and capacities of girls in ICT, to arouse vocations in e-professions among them.
It also offers organizers the opportunity to reward the best digital projects carried out by them.
For Bitilokho Ndiaye, representative of the Minister of Telecommunications and Posts, the political will displayed by the state authorities to encourage girls in ICT is starting to bear fruit. This state of affairs is confirmed by the international firm Deloitte, which specializes in technological studies. Its results revealed that more than 31% of women will occupy positions in ICT while in developed countries, the average is around 25%.
The study also found more than 60% of women in the sector who say they do not feel any difference in treatment between them and men on technical matters. According to the firm Deloitte, obstacles remain, however, to be overcome, in particular a low representation of women in ICT training, problems in the process of recruiting and retaining female talents as well as the glass ceiling perceived in terms of compensation and professional development. Dtai’s Koura Kane Wane grabs the rebound ball to inform about the mechanism put in place by management to encourage and retain young girls in New Information and Communication Technologies. “We carry out evaluation sessions with the girls after taking them for training during the school holidays at the level of the Directorate of Autonomous Information Processing. This method allows us to better sensitize them in relation to scientific fields which are very important and which promote gender equity and equality in the sector, “said the director of autonomous information processing.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Planning, Cheikh Tidiane Diop, thanked the Dtai agents for the organization of these open houses and testified to the commitment of the ministry alongside their counterpart. Telecommunications and Posts for a full development of the slogan “Jiggen Ci Tic” in the service of Senegal.
ICTs, he says, play a major role in promoting the economic and social development of countries thanks to their cross-cutting nature. Cheikh T. Diop also urges young girls to be inspired by the example and experience of women computer engineers by choosing scientific series in order to consider higher studies in the field of ICT which certainly offer , certain perspectives because they are useful for all trades.