The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena Ondoa, has called on girls in Cameroon to develop more interest in digital technology.
The commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October as well as World Rural Women’s Day coming up on 15 October, reminds the population of the need to reduce the gap between males and females in areas of opportunities, especially in technology.
While speaking on Monday, Marie Therese Abena Ondoa said digital technology offers the jobs of tomorrow and also the best-paid jobs and real places of power “women and girls cannot be left out in this important place of opportunities. Many of the manual jobs currently held by women, will disappear in the near future due to automatization. For the time being, the digital sector remains largely male-dominated” she highlighted.
The Minister went on to call on families and communities to encourage the girl child to take up technology-related careers so that they can contribute their skills to building the country.
She said girls need to learn how to use the internet responsibly in ways that will not lead to the violation of their dignity. “The image of the Cameroonian girl has been associated in recent months with obscene publications on the internet, thus violating her dignity and moral integrity” Minister Marie Therese regretted.
It is hoped that parents control and limit where necessary the use of smartphones and other devices they give their kids. This is because it is through these gadgets that unethical content is spread without considering the vulnerability of the children.