The Ministry of Gender is committed to strengthening the participation of women in the digital economy

Acting Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cecilia Abena Dapaah

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, in partnership with the Gender Digitization & Formulation Consult (GD&FC), has launched a “Gender Digital Policy Framework”, to boost women’s participation in digitization.

The policy framework was launched in Tamale as part of the 2022 International Women’s Day commemoration activities.

The program that aims to increase women’s participation in the digital economy has set an audacious goal of enrolling one million women in the digital space through the use of social media internships.

In addition to helping to bridge the digital gender divide, the program was designed to reduce the cost of social media management for government agencies, corporations and non-profit institutions by providing them with access to the largest pool of social media interns working remotely.

The Head of Digital Policy, GD&FC, EK Sagoe, said in a statement that the Gender Digital Policy Framework has come at a crucial time to act as the catalyst needed to help support the government’s digitization agenda.

Furthermore, it will also increase women’s participation in the digital economy and will be of great significance to the nation given that women constitute 51% of the national population and contribute significantly to economic development.

“Thanks to the GDP framework, more women would now have access to the digital economy starting with internship programs. Trials would begin with a few select entities before full-scale deployment,” he said.

Representing the Minister of Gender, the Regional Director of the Gender Department of the Northern Region, Bashira Alhassan, stressed that the ministry is committed to improving the welfare and empowerment of women.

As such, it will contribute its share to ensure the effective implementation of the policy framework.

“I have no doubt that the Gender Digital Policy (GDP) framework which aims to increase women’s participation in the digital economy, would help them to improve their projects through the avenues provided by the framework, which are : e-learning, e-commerce, and distance working.

“I am of the opinion that the GDP framework will contribute immensely to the government’s digitization plans for women,” she said.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action to accelerate women’s equality.

This year’s commemoration is themed “breaking prejudice”. It emanates from the background that, deliberate or unconscious, prejudice prevents women from moving forward. Knowing that prejudices exist is not enough, we must act to standardize the rules of the game.

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