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Boosting women’s participation in digitization: Gender digital policy framework launched

As part of activities to commemorate the 2022 International Women’s Day, the Gender Digitization & Formulation Consult in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection have launched the Gender Digital Policy Framework in Tamale .

The Gender Digital Policy Framework

The programme, which seeks to increase female participation in the digital economy , has set a bold target to enrol one million Social Media Interns, most of which would be women.

In addition to helping bridge the gender digital gap, the programme has been designed to reduce the cost of social media management for Government Agencies, Corporate Bodies, and Non-profit Institutions by offering them access to the largest pool of social media interns working remotely.

The Gender Digital Policy Framework has come in at a crucial moment to act as the needed catalyst to help support the Government's Digitization Agenda.

Increased participation of women in the digital economy will be of great importance to the nation given that women constitute 51 per cent of the national population and contribute significantly to economic development.

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Through the GDP Framework, more women would now have access to the digital economy starting with internship programs.

Trials would begin with a few selected entities before full scale roll out.

International Women's Day, also known as IWD for short, grew out of the labour movement to become an annual event recognised by the United Nations.

The seeds were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman's Day.

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It was Clara Zetkin, a communist activist and advocate for women's rights, who suggested the creation of an international day. She put her idea to an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910 - and the 100 women there, from 17 countries, agreed to it unanimously.

International Women's Day was thus first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011, so this year we're technically celebrating the 111th.

Things were made official in 1975 when the United Nations started celebrating the day. The first theme adopted (in 1996) was "Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future".

International Women's Day has become a date to celebrate how far women have come in society, politics and in economics, while the political roots of the day mean strikes and protests are organised to raise awareness of continued inequality.

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The theme for the 2022 edition of IWD is "Gender Equality Today for a sustainable tomorrow".

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