MTN Ghana & IIPGH Celebrates International Women’s Day

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MTN Ghana & IIPGH Celebrates International Women’s Day

The just ended Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2018 at MTN Ghana, Ridge premises, was a success. The celebration brought together many women in the technology space with mentors who have achieved and accomplished in their areas of work. The celebration saw the launch of “MTN Women in Technology Development Program”. MTN acknowledges the efforts by women towards making Ghana a brighter place, and celebrates women who are challenging the status quo and making it in their various fields of endeavor.

International Women’s Day celebrated every year on 8th March, is a global celebration of the achievements of women past, present, and future. The theme for this year was #PressforProgress.

MTN Ghana organized this talk program for its female staff at MTN House in Accra. MTN Ghana remains committed to the development and welfare of women particularly in the areas of economic empowerment, maternal healthcare and education. It continues to exhibit its commitment by empowering women in various ways. Out of its total workforce, it has over 50% women in its employment with some of them occupying Executive and Senior Managerial roles, both technical and non-technical.

The celebration had accomplished facilitators such as Taaka Awori, Managing Director of Busara Africa, a Pan-African Leadership Development Firm and Thelma Quaye, a founding member of the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana and a Telecoms Consultant. Taaka thrilled the gathering with powerful encouraging words and skills to remain relevant in this male dominated world.

Thelma challenged women in technology on the need to stay on top professionally in such a technical environment while enjoying a fulfilled life as a complete woman. Thelma as a seasoned female engineer, who began her career with MTN, felt at home as she interacted with fellow colleagues and female engineers climbing the ladder of achievement in this challenging environment.

Speaking at the 2018 International Women’s Day celebration, the Acting Executive Director of Institute of ICT Professionals, Mr. David Gowu, took the opportunity to run through the essence of joining professional groups for career development. He acknowledged the fact that it is vital for more women to join the male dominated environment, in order to equally take advantage of the opportunities in the industry.  He therefore concluded that the “Women in Technology for development program” is a great initiative by MTN.

Women in technology were encouraged and challenged to join the Institute of ICT Professionals, to propel and project their skills and prowess.

The Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana (IIPGH) is a non-profit professional body which is made up of professionals in various domains of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) practice.  The Institute is a connector of ICT professionals from Government MDAs, educational institutions, corporate organizations, start-ups, investors and the civil society organizations to create a vibrant ICT ecosystem. The organization aims at using its platform to equip professionals and students with skills in emerging technologies needed for entrepreneurship and employment in today’s fast moving technological world. In addition, use the expertise at its disposal to advice government and other stakeholders on best practices and public policies that would enable the use of ICT in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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