Inclusion Is a Continuous Journey, Affirms Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, has emphasised that inclusion is not merely a destination but an ongoing journey that demands commitment from all stakeholders to shape a better future for generations to come.

Representing the Minister at the Females in Tech (FEMITECH) Conference, Lawyer Mrs. Eva Andoh-Poku, Deputy CEO of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), highlighted the significance of platforms like FEMITECH in fostering collaboration among women, sharing experiences, and dismantling barriers of bias and discrimination.

“Inclusion is not a destination, but a continuous journey requiring commitment from all. Women need to create a world where everyone feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential by working together, I admire the effort of Dr. Collins Yeboah Afari, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (GI-KACE), and his team for fostering an environment where women in technology can address gender disparity challenges and collectively strive for a more inclusive future,” emphasized Lawyer Andoh-Poku.

Lawyer Mrs. Eva Andoh-Poku

Addressing the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles within tech companies, Lawyer Andoh-Poku underscored the pressing need for gender equality. Citing statistics showing women holding only 26% to 34% of leadership positions in major tech firms like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, she stressed that achieving gender parity is vital for thriving economies and a sustainable ecosystem. Furthermore, she urged all attendees to invest in women and accelerate efforts towards realizing a world where gender equality is not only acknowledged but actively enforced by all.

The FEMITECH Conference convened women from academia, industry, and beyond to deliberate on the challenges associated with gender equality and equity. An annual event commemorating International Women’s Day, FEMITECH aims to celebrate female achievements in technology while highlighting the abundance of opportunities in ICT for women. Organized by the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, the conference serves as a platform for empowering women and driving inclusivity in the technology sector.