Our IWD Event: Exploring Virtual Reality

Adanna
Posted March 11, 2020 from Nigeria
Exploring virtual reality
Exploring virtual reality
A female student explaining what gender equity means. (1/8)

InspireIT celebrated the International Women's Day (IWD) 2020 at Federal University of Technology Owerri. I started the event by introducing myself and my role as a World Pulse Ambassador. Afterwards, I asked the students to introduce themselves one after the other including their level and department. I also asked them to tell us what IWD and gender equity means to them. Majority of the students agreed that there is still a huge gap in gender equality and cited culture, family upbringing as some of the factors still "holding women down." Some of the male students also complained about the lack of enthusiasm on the part of some females in carrying out tasks and feel that is the reason why most employers are reluctant to work with a woman. However, the female students quickly pointed out various "scenarios" where their applications for industrial training have been rejected simply because they are females. They wondered why some employers will judge other females harshly just because of their past experiences with other females.

We had interactive class sessions on web app and virtual reality(VR). Participants shared their knowledge and were allowed to ask questions. We had a break in between and the students had snacks and drinks.

The students loved the VR session and wished we could continue all day. I used Google Cardboard to demonstrate how VR works and the participants took turns to try out the VR experience using a smartphone together with the Cardboards. The students who had smartphones with Android version 4.1 or higher were advised to download the Cardboard app and pair with the Google Cardboards provided. It was a beautiful experience for most of the participants who were understanding how VR works for the first time. After the session, we had Kahoot quiz and three winners went home with prizes.

During the closing remarks, I encouraged the students especially the young ladies to believe in themselves, not to give up no matter what, to connect with other women and join organizations like World Pulse. I also told them that consistency, persistence and determination are important in navigating through life hurdles.

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Jill Langhus
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hello Lovely Adanna,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and IWD event update! It looks like you had a lovely, and productive, event. How many participants did you have? The VR aspect sounds like it was fun, and a hit. I'm curious, though, what you mean by the females were wondering why they were judged harshly due to their past experiences with other women? Do you mean women that were competitive and/or bullying other women in the workplace or something else? I'm glad to hear your event went so well and that you encouraged the students to believe in themselves.... I'm sure it made a big difference in their day and lives:-) Great job!

XX

Adanna
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you dear! It was a lovely event, and fun too.

On females being judged harshly, some employers claim that some women they have worked with in the past were "not serious enough" and so they tend to assume that every female is like that and that is why the female students were wondering if they should be judged based on the employers previous experiences or on their individual capabilities. They noted that there are lots of females who are willing and ready to work (which is true) but are being denied opportunities simply because of this wrong "assumption that females do not show enough seriousness at work." For example, some men here wrongly believe that certain jobs such as mechanic jobs are strictly for men and as such do not want to work with female mechanics no matter how good they are.
It's really sad the way some men feel women are only fit for certain types of jobs.

We had about 78 participants but many of them came late and did not register :-). Some also did not want to join the group photograph :-)

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Jill Langhus
Mar 13
Mar 13

You're welcome:-)

Great to hear! Oh, dear:-( That's concerning. Thanks for clarifying. That is sad, but isn't it also true that women also can be the culprit in thinking that women are only a good fit for certain jobs, too. What I mean is, I think it's a socialization challenge.

That's great turn out! Great job!

Hope you're doing well, and that you have a great weekend, too!

Thelma obani 2020
Mar 11
Mar 11

Keep winning... we won't give up

Adanna
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you sis. We definitely won't give up!

Anita Shrestha
Mar 11
Mar 11

good work

Adanna
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you dear Anita!

Hello, Unstoppable Adanna,

Congratulations on the success of your IWD event. Love to see you wear the World Pulse Tshirt with the logo on the tarp. I wish I was among your participants. I love your topics, web apps and virtual reality. So cool!!!

I am so proud of you, dear Ambassador! Great job!

Adanna
Mar 13
Mar 13

My Darling Sister,
Thank you very much!
I wished you were there too :)

I appreciate your encouragement and support.

Lots of love,
Adanna

fidelity
Mar 18
Mar 18

wow what an educative process.
like what you do
best fidelity

Adanna
Mar 23
Mar 23

Thank you dear Fidelity :)

Love,
Adanna

fidelity
Mar 18
Mar 18

hello Adanna
it seems you had a very educative session. i love the whole idea keep going my sister
fidelity

Adanna
Mar 23
Mar 23

Yes! It was educative and fun too sis especially the virtual reality session.

Love,
Adanna

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