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onyinye

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ICT4D
Nov 10, 2003

Dear friends
The world is now almost a global village as a result of ICT. Information is
critical to survival and development. Information is paver, information is
wealth, information is development. The global information society demands
higher levels of efficiency in governance, economy, commerce. Globalization can
be viewed as a global technology development and revenue basket. The
relationship between technology, education employment, productivity, economic
development and sustainable growth and complex but directly related. The
potential of ICT to improve the quality of governance, of self-development is
amazing.

The critical question now is why/how young women chose to (or not to)
participate in ICT4D policy processes.

Policy is principles that one believes. It is a guide, a sort of road map that
helps point to the direction of things to be followed. The goal or aim always
underlies policy formulation which may bring out objectives and expected
outcomes.

In every day life women are marginalized. Very few women are convinced useful
and central to any political, economic and social decision making mechanisms. It
means denying them opportunities that could make them progress, have access to
welfare, education, health, shelter and the basic means of social existence. If
then formulation they do not have opportunities even to take decision in matters
concerning them, how can they get involved in policy formulation.

It is true that times have changed and are still changing. The society is
evolving day by day and opportunities are expanding but our socialization method
relatively remains the same. Except for a few well-educated women, still see
gender in equality and low status of women as normal. Therefore young women even
after their university education still see decision-making as a matter for man.
Yet you cannot formulate policy without taking decisions or vice – versa. It is
the learned roles that make the woman not to be ambition, assertive and lacking
in self-esteem and confidence.

One of the fundamental factors perpetrating gender discrimination is the
economic status of women. Human development is impossible without gender
equality. As long as women are excluded from the development process,
development will remain lopsided and weak. People must have access to equal
opportunities. All barriers to economic opportunities must be eliminated.

One of the ways of eliminating inequality is access to education. Education can
be formal or informal. Women constitute more than half of Nigeria’s total
population of over 120 million. The majority of this population of women live in
the rural areas with little education. Several indications including measures of
literacy, school enrolment and years in school reveals that the level of female
education is low in Nigeria.

There is no doubt that socialization is an aspect of education. Learned roles,
attributes, attitudes and expectation as constructed by society forms part of us
as we grow from infancy to adolescent to adulthood and old age and shapes our
future and our life

Onyinye Ndubuisi BelindaDear friends
The world is now almost a global village as a result of ICT. Information is
critical to survival and development. Information is paver, information is
wealth, information is development. The global information society demands
higher levels of efficiency in governance, economy, commerce. Globalization can
be viewed as a global technology development and revenue basket. The
relationship between technology, education employment, productivity, economic
development and sustainable growth and complex but directly related. The
potential of ICT to improve the quality of governance, of self-development is
amazing.

The critical question now is why/how young women chose to (or not to)
participate in ICT4D policy processes.

Policy is principles that one believes. It is a guide, a sort of road map that
helps point to the direction of things to be followed. The goal or aim always
underlies policy formulation which may bring out objectives and expected
outcomes.

In every day life women are marginalized. Very few women are convinced useful
and central to any political, economic and social decision making mechanisms. It
means denying them opportunities that could make them progress, have access to
welfare, education, health, shelter and the basic means of social existence. If
then formulation they do not have opportunities even to take decision in matters
concerning them, how can they get involved in policy formulation.

It is true that times have changed and are still changing. The society is
evolving day by day and opportunities are expanding but our socialization method
relatively remains the same. Except for a few well-educated women, still see
gender in equality and low status of women as normal. Therefore young women even
after their university education still see decision-making as a matter for man.
Yet you cannot formulate policy without taking decisions or vice – versa. It is
the learned roles that make the woman not to be ambition, assertive and lacking
in self-esteem and confidence.

One of the fundamental factors perpetrating gender discrimination is the
economic status of women. Human development is impossible without gender
equality. As long as women are excluded from the development process,
development will remain lopsided and weak. People must have access to equal
opportunities. All barriers to economic opportunities must be eliminated.

One of the ways of eliminating inequality is access to education. Education can
be formal or informal. Women constitute more than half of Nigeria’s total
population of over 120 million. The majority of this population of women live in
the rural areas with little education. Several indications including measures of
literacy, school enrolment and years in school reveals that the level of female
education is low in Nigeria.

There is no doubt that socialization is an aspect of education. Learned roles,
attributes, attitudes and expectation as constructed by society forms part of us
as we grow from infancy to adolescent to adulthood and old age and shapes our
future and our life

Onyinye Ndubuisi Belinda

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