By Uwakmfon Dan
The Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) Africa has flagged off a nine months digital skills training for women in Akwa Ibom State.
Held at Watbridge Hotel, Uyo on Tuesday, the launch of the programme was attended by young women who registered for the training.
Speaking with newsmen at the event, the Executive Director of YAF Africa, Dr. Uduak Akpan, disclosed that the programme is designed for 500 women who she noted will be trained in batches.
Dr. Uduak Akpan said the initiative is aimed encouraging more women acquire digital skills to boost their business and also stem the tide of gender-based violence.
“The programme is designed to bridge the digital gender gap in Akwa Ibom State because according to statistics, we have more men using digitalisation devices.
“Getting digital skills willing enhance their access to funding of their business and protect them too.
A lot of gender based violence are targeted at women who are disempowered, poor and dependent. So these training will not only empower them economically but also protect them”, she said.
She said the women will undergo a three months physical training on some labour-driven skills like Videography, Digital Marketing and Data Analysis among other courses.
To make it more impactful, Dr Uduak Akpan hinted that the trainees will be placed on coaching, monitorship and internship platforms and subsequently exposed to job opportunities after the training.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with TheMail Newspaper, thanked YAF Africa for the training and promised to make good use of the opportunity.
The opening ceremony of the training featured a panel discussion on “Empowering Women through Digital Skills: Opportunities and Challenges.
The media dialogue had representatives from government, CSOs and Media.