Women in ICT Foundation in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and SoluSOFT Limited recently launched “Cyberwofare” Project tagged A National Empowerment Programs for Women and Young Girls on Cyber Security with the theme, Think Before You Click #BeCyberSmart.
The international event open to the general public was successfully hosted last week, Thursday, at the H.E. Dr (Mrs) Maryam Babangida Auditorium, National Centre for Women Development in Abuja, Nigeria.
The launching of the project was honored by women from across the world, young girls from different high schools as well as the opposite sex.
It brought together the African Youth Union Commission, NAPTIP, Ambassadors, notable government officials and representatives, NGOs, socio-entrepreneurs and fintechs among others on stage creating awareness on cyber security and how women and girls should best protect themselves as the world of human trafficking continues to evolve with the internet.
According to Mrs Benedicta representing the DG of NAPTIP:
“Research shows that cyber technologies give human traffickers the endless ability to exploit a greater number of victims and advertise the services…
“Young girls continue to suffer the worst form of exploitation and abuse. The pornography industry is fast growing and yielding immerse profit for the trade of human trafficking…
“According to a recent research there are approximately 97 billion pornography industry creating demand for human sex trafficking…”
Joanna Tarnawska, Poland Ambassador to Nigeria accredited to Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, and Benin; placed emphasis on the strength, importance, and value of a woman in the society.
Joanna, a graduate of African Studies, shared her life experience growing up in Zambia and how she was greatly impacted by African women and teachers.
Beyond keeping women and girls who are globally marginalized at alert, the Cyberwofare Project aims to run for 12 months equipping women and girls with soft skills to best prepare them for the future.
Speaking with the girls from Olumawu Basic Education School, Government Secondary School Tudun Wada, and their teachers respectively, we learnt how much the program impacted them:
“Actually after coming here, I’ve learnt so many things: how to use the internet, being careful, what I should click and what I shouldn’t click,” Kasim Salma from Government Secondary School Tudun Wada said after the event.
Mr Victor, a school teacher from Olumawu also added that:
“Whether we like it or not, these children have an unending use of ICT. The question is how well are we helping them to use it properly. Proper use of the ICT will help them in the areas of academics, business, as well as other areas. But the negative use will in turn lead to other vices and the development of negative characters. As a school, we believe this will help open their minds to keep them well informed,” he said.
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By Elijah Christopher