By Ahmed Ahmed
A woman participant from Kano, Sadiya Lawal Danyaro has emerged winner of Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Women Essay Competition on Digital Policy analysis for young women.
Sadiya Danyaro who became the overall winner of the Women Essay Competition organized by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on digital policy analysis among the 21 participants selected .
The best and finest of the essay competition was won by Sadiya Danyaro from Kano state, with 124 points, the second best was Khadija Aliyu Zingina from Kano with 123 points and the third best was Maimuna Yau Ibrahim from Bauchi state with 117 points.
The CITAD Project lead, Fatima Bakura said that the participants were drawn from the 4 States of Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa and Kano after a very thorough selection process from the over 100 applications received.
“We received over 100 applications out of which 25 were selected but today, only 21 turned up for the training which is the final stage. The project was a 3-month project, it is ending at the end of the month of December, 2023.”
She added that part of the criteria used in the selection was the effective usage of the digital world by the applicant in performance of her functions and ability to use it to influence policy formulation and implementation.
According to her, the training was a build-up to the previous ones for the participants to share their experiences in stepping down digital literacy and advocacy to their respective communities.
Bakura stressed that the main focus is to ensure that in all organizations across the country, the 35 affirmation for women was achieved particularly in leadership positions.
She added that those that did well in an essay competition organized before now are to be motivated with cash awards in three different categories as First, Second and Third positions will receive N100,000, N75,000 and N50,000 respectively.
She said the training was part of efforts to address all forms of biases, abuses and violence in the digital circle directed at women particularly those aspiring to leadership positions across all strata of existence in the country.
On his part, The Executive Director of CITAD, Yunusa Ya’u said that he was thrilled with the experiences shared by the participants during the training as it depicts the main objectives of the project.
He assured that the Centre will take up some of the issues raised by the participants in order to fashion out how to address digital challenges facing women.
He highlighted the importance of digital skills and training, creativity, data collation and other aspects of digital skills in achieving the overall objectives of the Centre encouraging the participants not to relent until the objectives were met.