Ghana, Women and ICT

Today, I attended an interesting meeting at the AITI-KACE in Accra on Women and ICT in Ghana.

In a country where general access to computers and Internet is low, women tend to be underrepresented in ICT professions (except when it comes to data entry). However in Nigeria, AITI-KACE's Director General Dorothy Gordon informed us, many ICT classes are totally made up of women and many women in our neighboring country have their own IT companies. Some have even set up IT companies in Ghana!

How can Ghanaian women catch up?

The young educated women in the crowd shared with us that they mostly use computers, many had them in their homes, for checking email and social networking, like facebook.

I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to on the spot present Ghanablogging.com, the aggregator - or list - of Ghanaian blogs I started with a friend back in 2008. I also mentioned two Ghanaian blogs that could serve as inspiration for women who were interested in creating content on the web, rather than just consuming it:
Esi's blog Wo Se Ekyir and
Nana Darkoa and Co's blog Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.

The response was great, people wanted to know more about Ghanablogging.com and how to start their own blog, so now I am invited to AITI-KACE's Inspiration days 7-8 Oct to talk more about blogging.

Anyone out there who wants to join me in spreading the gospel of blogging?

In the pic some of the participants at the meeting and Dorothy Gordon, Director for the AITI-KACE.

12 comments:

Ali said...

Hey!
What a great topic! I would love to hear more about it. Is the general public invited to AITI-KACE's Inspiration days? I would love to come!

Alison

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

It's great to get the news out there.

The pale observer said...

Great work Kajsa!!! Getting young women onboard for blogging and general computer/Internet access!!!

Go gurl!!! :)

Edward of PathGhana said...

Great initiative Kajsa, I just had goosebumps!! Will see if I can help with your blogging sermons.

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

@Ali YES the event is open to the general public, will tell you more on the blog as soon as I know more.

@PO Thanks, I was excited too!

@Edward Goosebumps, huh? I guess that means I'll see you at the blog seminar ;-)

Esi W. Cleland said...

Niiiice! Thanks for the shout, Kajsa.

Tell us what happens at the inspiration seminar.

I'm headed to a 1 day workshop you might find interesting next monday. A nation branding workshop at La Palm Hotel. It would be great to see you there. Check here for more information: http://www.nationbrandingevents.com/nationbranding/africa

Esi W. Cleland said...

Niiiice! Thanks for the shout, Kajsa.

Tell us what happens at the inspiration seminar.

I'm headed to a 1 day workshop you might find interesting next monday. A nation branding workshop at La Palm Hotel. It would be great to see you there. Check here for more information: http://www.nationbrandingevents.com/nationbranding/africa

Anonymous said...

hi, i was at the ict seminar yesterday and was sitting next to you and i decided to check out your blog and lo and behold my face on your blog. anwya u have very good content. i will visit often. hey i might even create my own blog. cheers

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

You already know I think you are doing a wonderful job!

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

@Esi, tell us more about the seminar, could not make it!

@Anon, are you the lady from the Ministry of Finance? Would love to read your blog - post here when you have set it up!

@NY Thank you and yes, I know :-)

Femme Lounge said...

this is really interesting.

blogging is a very powerful tool of expression for today's women, it gives you a platform to showcase whatever you do and connect with many people across the globe.

nice work!

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

Thanks! And I agree, blogging is a powerful tool for connecting to the world.

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