The United Kingdom’s Global Feminism in Solidarity and Action has joined forces with a Nigerian digital skills initiative in Kwara State, launching a four-month training program for 150 women in Ilorin. The ‘Webfala SafeHer Programme,’ initiated by Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative, aims to equip participants with modern digital skills, fostering self-reliance.
Nafisat Bakare, the Executive Director of Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative, expressed during the orientation session that the training will empower women to thrive in the digital age and pursue independent endeavors. The program also aspires to inspire more girls and women to enter STEM fields, contributing to bridging the gender gap in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Bakare highlighted the project’s focus on protecting women and girls from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), addressing the alarming 30% prevalence of sexual abuse among Nigerian women aged 15 to 49. The selection process involved 637 applications, with 312 shortlisted for interviews and screenings before finalizing the training cohort of 150 women.