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Youth Can Do I.T. aims to increase the number of women in ICT

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Youth Can Do I.T. (YCDI) Foundation Limited continues to target young people in an effort to effectively equip them to become competitive individuals in an ever-evolving world employment since the introduction of the Internet and its wide and diverse use in today’s society.

With a special focus on young girls, the YCDI has dedicated itself to increasing the number of women in the information and communications technology (ICT) professional field in Jamaica.

In a recent Gleaner interview, Cherika Wilson, head of People Operations at YCDI, expressed the organization's vision to empower a generation of creators to be change agents in their lives, communities and the world at large.

But it was imperative to get girls on board, especially due to the disproportion in the number of female students as opposed to male ones who pursue a study in technology in Jamaican schools.

“If we are going to be competitive as a country, a region, then we also need to increase the capacity of our workforce [and] to be able to enter into a lot of these [areas] and to be leaders ... creators ... [and] to tek up space,” she said.

In doing so, women need to be a part of the wider discussions being had. “And wherever you have more people represented, more perspectives represented, we have more innovation. So, if we leave girls out of the conversation, we’re gonna hinder our own growth,” she added.

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