Ministry of Gender and Development, United Nations Mission in Liberia and iLab_Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 2014, April 24
With the aim of trying to close the wide gender gap in ICT, we have organized several events to encourage girls to study ICT.
Girls were trained on how to write programs using Python programming language, how to develop mobile apps, how to maximize the use of social media tools, how to master the internet and more.
Several events were organized including a recent special TED talk show by United Missions In Liberia (UNMIL) partnering with Ministry for Gender and Development (MoGD), where girls were invited to build a network of present and future tech leaders. The Assistant Minister, Ministry of Gender and Development Hon Magdalene Dagoseh encouraged girls to take control of their future by acquiring education. Barkue Tubman and Hon. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood also gave motivational speeches. It was a very interactive session with lots of intelligent questions asked and answered.
On 24th of April, Ministry of Gender and Development (MoGD) organized an event for adolescent girls in Liberia. The event consisted of presentations, focal group discussions and the official launching ceremony of the Girls Resource Center at the MoGD
Teemu Ropponen, the Country Director at iLab, gave an inspirational speech and also talked about the importance of girls being involved in ICT related careers and the significance of the day. The girls were encouraged to take advantage of the ICT related courses they offer.