Intel has collaborated with Zonta International Club, Lagos, to celebrate girls and offer a mentoring session as part of its activities to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Girls’ Progress = Goals Progress: What Counts for Girls” and it drew participants from students in 40 schools in Lagos.
The Convener of the event, who doubles as President of Zonta International Club, Lagos 1, Dr. Ulrike Schmueser, said that the event was organised to highlight women’s achievements in various fields and serve as a forum to inspire and encourage girls to consider careers in the growing field of the ICT.
She added that it was a platform to correct the misconception that there were certain things that girls could not achieve.
While delivering a keynote address, the President and Founder of Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs. ToyinSaraki, said that the wellbeing, human rights and empowerment of the Nigerian girl was central to the development of the nation.
She added, “If you train a girl, you train a society; so it is important that we discourage girl child discrimination, violence against women, early marriage and encourage the education of the girl child.
“When the girl is properly educated and informed, there will be a decrease in maternal and infant mortality; there will be a decrease in teenage pregnancy; and generally, a better society will emerge.’’
In her address at the event, Intel She Will Connect Ambassador, TitilopeSonuga, reiterated Intel’s commitment to the development of the girl child.
She said that the company decided to colaborate with Zonta International Club to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child to further demonstrate Intel’s commitment to helping the girl child realise her potential in the field of technology and help girls speak up against discrimination and abuse.
She said, “Intel aims to bridge the gap in technology between boys and girls. Intel encourages girls never to limit their thinking. And that is why Intel will make use of every opportunity to encourage girls, mentor them and allow them to experience technology.
“And at the very heart of Intel’s effort in bridging this gender gap is the Intel She Will Connect programme, which has reached over one million girls across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.”
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