07. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 7 (PCF7), 2013
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PublicationPromoting ICT Opportunities For Women Empowerment In Nigeria: Issues And Strategies( 2013-11) Akomolafe, Comfort O ; Adegun, Olajire AInformation and Communication technology (ICT) has become a potent force in transforming social, economic and political life globally. Their uses and importance are increasing daily correspondingly. Women are often unsung heroine in the advancement of information technology especially in the developing nations like Nigeria where women are dramatically underrepresented in the ICT field. This paper examined the present trend of women and ICT usage in Nigeria. It is noted that lower numbers of women are accessing and using ICT compared with men. Women are also more strongly represented in lower level ICT occupations than in higher status and higher paid arenas. The benefits of ICT to women themselves, their works, the society at large and even as parents were examined. ICT has potential to bring development to a nation by reducing trade distortions, eliminate poverty, provide employment opportunities, improve health- care delivery and other services relating to women. Empowerment strategies to promote and improve the present situation such as creating an enabling environment which supports and encourages women more access to benefit from ICT projects, creating a regulation and policy which supports women’s use of ICT and promoting increased employment in the IT sector for women and the use of ICT for women’s Small Scale Enterprise (SME) were recommended among others. // Paper ID: 143
PublicationThe Usage of Information Communication Technology (ICT) by women in Tertiary Institutions in Ekiti State, Nigera( 2013-11) Adegun, Olajire A ; Akomolafe, Comfort O ; Adesua, Veronica OThe ICT is one of the key factors for sustainable development in the nation. Its usage for effective management, teaching and learning in higher Education cannot be overemphasized. This paper investigated the use of ICT among women of tertiary institutions in Ekiti state. Three research questions and one hypothesis guided the study based on the knowledge, practice and challenges, facing women in the use of ICT. The study was a descriptive research design of the survey type. The population comprised of all the tertiary institutions in the state. A sample of one University, the only existing Polytechnic and College of Education was purposively used for the study. A self designed and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. Data obtained were analysed using the mean, chi-square and One Way ANOVA. The finding revealed that the women have adequate knowledge of the ICT tools that could enhance their effectiveness, they were found inadequate in the practice of ICT and a number of challenges such as family pressure, erratic power failure, unavailability of the necessary tools, lack of adequate training and others were faced by women. Recommendations such as creating an enabling environment that will encourage the usage of ICT by women in the tertiary institutions, establishing an effective and sustainable ICT policies and programmes that will enhance ICT usage by women were made. // Paper ID: 250