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Isimeme Whyte: Leading the charge for girl empowerment in the digital age

In a world where social impact and innovation are at the forefront, Isimeme Whyte, the founder and chief innovation officer of Genius Hub, has been making waves in the realm of youth, girl-child, and women empowerment. Her work spans a multitude of initiatives, encompassing socioeconomic development, community building, girl-child rights, migrant rehabilitation, education, and much more.

On October 11, 2023, the world united to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) with the theme “Digital Generation, Our Generation.” This theme places the spotlight on the critical importance of digital literacy and skills for girls and young women. It emphasizes the need for equitable access and active participation in the digital world.

Isimeme Whyte, an advocate for the complete inclusivity of women and girls firmly believes that digital literacy and technological proficiency are indispensable tools that enable girls and young women to unlock their full potential in the 21st century.

To advance her vision for the inclusive empowerment of the girl child, Whyte channels her efforts through Genius Hub, a social organization committed to transforming lives and fostering socioeconomic progress.

Within the Genius Hub framework, the Young Girls Foundation plays a pivotal role. This division is dedicated to empowering the girl child, granting her a strong voice in society. Their efforts include technology exposure, counseling on reproductive health and sexuality education through dedicated helplines, support for victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and addressing various challenges faced by the girl child.

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Genius Hub is committed to closing the digital gender gap and nurturing girls and young women to become leaders in the digital economy, according to Whyte. Beyond technical training, their programs focus on cultivating leadership skills and confidence among girls.

Furthermore, Genius Hub promotes gender equality and inclusivity within the tech industry. Through their multifaceted programs and initiatives, they strive to create a tech workforce that is diverse and welcoming to all, providing equal opportunities for success.

Over the years, Genius Hub has consistently offered an array of programs, including technological skills training, mentorship, and educational endeavors in reproductive health and sexuality education.

On this special occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child 2023, Whyte, through Genius Hub, calls upon all stakeholders to unite in the effort to reduce gender barriers and increase girls’ participation in the digital sphere. This call extends to governments, businesses, educational institutions, and civil society organizations.

“Together, the world must strive to create a digital environment that is inclusive and fair for all girls and young women,” she said in a statement.

“This involves ensuring affordable and reliable internet access, access to digital devices, and quality digital skills training. It also means challenging gender stereotypes that have discouraged girls and young women from pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It’s a collective endeavor to pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future.”