About 40,000 Abia women are to be trained in optimizing telephony, internet and the use of smart phones in trading, banking and social communications so as to empower them to adapt to the new normal in the face of Covid-19 pandemic.
The wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, who disclosed this during the 2020 Abia Women August Delegates Conference (AWADEC), said the pandemic had changed the way of life for women in communities all over the world, making Information and Communication Technology as the most important skill for coping within the period.
She said that any woman who lacked basic ICT skills had found herself left behind.
The Abia First Lady said it was instructive that for the first time in history, Women August meeting was holding via digital platforms without physical meetings, adding that this was foretaste of things to come.
According to her, any well-meaning effort to empower women going forward must have elements of modern technology or it would not achieve the desired impact.
She expressed the hope that the programme’s target of uplifting 40,000 through basic digital, ICT skills, which could be applied in commerce or social life, would be a veritable opportunity for women renaissance.
The Abia First Lady who decried the rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence as a result of lockdown, advised women to take more than usual care in protecting their children who could become victims.
She said that they should ensure that adequate psychological support and moral training were given to every child to curb the tendencies of a child becoming sociopath.
Chairman of the event, who is World President of the International Association of Medical Women, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, said living by the new normal placed a huge burden on the women folk to strive to adjust and excel in whatever field they were working in.
The conference addressed pertinent issues such as how women could promote community development in a virtual world space of social distancing, the need for women to adjust their businesses and entrepreneurship to meet the new realities of Covid-19, how to utilize information and communication technology to access education for children and adult; how women can play greater roles in keeping their families safe from Covid-19.
Contributions came from different women groups such as the National Council of Women Societies NCWS, FIDA, National Association of Women Journalists with seasoned speakers such as Professor Rosaline Ndimele, who delivered the keynote address and a host of others.
The conference also featured a quiz competition with several prices to be won.