Halima Dangote wants more women in key technology leadership positions

Joy Chukwu, Founder/CEO, Smart Hive; Halima Dangote, Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited; Morenike Hemba, CEO, Novaria Trust and Thelma Chukwu, Founder/CEO, Roomies Connect at the ongoing Social Media Week, Lagos

As a part of its women empowerment initiative and sustained drive towards showcasing innovative women-led technology entrepreneurs, Dangote Group sponsored the “Women in Technology Session” at the ongoing Social Media Week.

Speaking of the session, Halima Dangote, Executive Director and daughter of Africa’s richest man, premised Dangote Group’s support for women leader in technology on the need to “sustainably integrate and empower women in the wave of digital led globalisation that is redefining humanity.”

Halima Dangote who serves as an Executive Director at Africa’s giant conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited, ignited insightful conversations on the convergence of leadership, technology advancement and gender parity. She highlighted the multiplier effect any investment made in women and girls have on economies and called for more deliberate women participation in key leadership roles specifically in the ICT space which is reputed to be traditionally dominated by men.

According to the World Economic Forum, “Women make a smaller share of the overall workforce in technology companies and are even more under-represented when considering technology related roles.” To close the gender gap, more women need to be empowered and encouraged to take up roles in the tech sector.

However, despite the increased focus on the gender gap in the workplace and the society, significant gains have been recorded by organisations invested in integrating and empowering women entrepreneurs. Worthy of note is the “Dangote Foundation multi-billion naira micro-grant initiative” targeted at rural women across the federation. The women empowerment initiative provided financial resource to women beneficiaries and also cell phones to help connect and share information in a progressive way.

In addition, the Dangote Women Network (DWN) active in the area of championing professional development for women through collaboration, also raised over N20million for women and children IDPs in Nigeria last year and 4,000 Euros in Senegal.

Five women entrepreneurs’ at the “Women in tech session” were able to pitch their tech-driven businesses, showcasing their strategic use of technology in providing solutions to everyday needs.

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