Applications open to Shecluded ‘One Woman, One Laptop’ Initiative
By Linda Orajekwe
As part of the ‘Shecluded COVID-19 Rebuild Initiative’ targeted at supporting the recovery plans of small businesses, Shecluded has opened applications for its ‘One Woman, One Laptop’ Project.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the increased need for work skills and digital learning – factors which might affect the income prospect of more women if they do not have adequate tools for work- such as a laptop. Inadequate tools lead to reduced productivity and declining financial performance.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, Shecluded worked with different partners to upskill over 600 women on voice over artistry, graphic design and development of online courses. In the process, a survey was carried out to find out the percentage of women who owned laptops, the result showed that approximately 65% of women who took the survey did not own a functional laptop and would often depend on their mobile phones for tasks that could be done better on a laptop.
“At Shecluded, we’re constantly targeting growth initiatives that expand capacity for more women and in this period, technology skills and tools are top on our list.” said Ifeoma Uddoh, the CEO.
A laptop is a key tool for work and enabling women to get one is a development that fits into Shecluded’s objectives. With a laptop women can work faster, sufficiently and comfortably from home with various productive tools and available online resources.
Through the One woman, One laptop initiative, women who would want to own a personal computer and pay back monthly will get the chance to and can benefit from Shecluded’s virtual classes on how to use a computer.