THE NEED FOR TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL NOW MORE THAN EVER

Busayo Obisakin
Posted April 22, 2020 from Nigeria
Creating Awareness about the benefit of Internet in our community
Campaign on radio for FAST Internet
Campaign on radio for FAST Internet (1/2)

Based on my personal story and experience of how technology have helped me tremendously, Internet made my silent voice to become a voice to be reckoned with globally. It brought me out my small hole to the global world,  I have always known that Access to internet is like access to life itself. However, the importance of access to internet for all have never been so evident a it is now during the COVID 19 pandemic. The lock down everywhere around the world and everything, information, education, communication, Interaction totally became online thing. The whole world now depend solely on technology.

The implication of this is that half of the world population without internet, women and girls with no digital education has been cut off from discussions on COVID 19 going on round the world, they are cut off from vital information, communication and interactions with their loved ones.

Internet became the most useful tool in doing all these round the world especially during the COVID 19 pandemic. In some part of the world, class continue for student, education continues for their children online. Whereas in places like my own country, students are still at home because the rural areas that house 60% of the country populations have either no or epileptic internet. How then can they organize online classes? It is impossible. 

The time to intensify our effort globally to create a Fast, Affordable, Safe and Transparent (FAST) globally is now. The time to include everyone irrespective of their gender in technology is now, The time to intensify digital literacy for everyone especially the marginalized women is now.

How can we achieve this? All hands must be on deck. The government, the civil societies and grassroot NGO have to play our parts in the development of policy of technology for all, affordable and accessible internet for all, safe and transparent internet for all the genders and digital literacy and education for all especially the female gender that are far behind. No one must be left behind, male or female, old or young, educated or illiterates, poor or rich because whether we like it or not, in our world now, I will continue to say it, "access to internet is like access to life itself"

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 22
Apr 22

Hi Busayo,

How are you and your family doing? Thanks for sharing your powerful post. I agree that girls and women shouldn't be left behind with opportunities and access to the internet. I'm grateful for the efforts that you're doing to help empower women.

I hope you have a good, safe rest of the week, dear.

XX

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thank you so much Jill for the encouragement! Hope you and your family are also doing well and safe.
Love
Busayo

Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Yes, we're well. How are you and your family?

Xx

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

We are also doing well. Thank you!

Jill Langhus
Apr 25
Apr 25

Great to hear! You're welcome:-)

XX

Chidimma
Apr 23
Apr 23

Hi Dear Busayo. You are really doing a good job for women and girls. With this pandemic the only thing available for us is technology, everyone is glued to thier phones, laptop, computer etc, for one information or the other. For those women or girls that can't access it ,is time to educate them.
Thanks for sharing, kudos to your work.
Thanks for sharing and always keeping us informed.
Stay safe.

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thank you so much Chidinma for the encouragement! Stay Safe my sister!
Love
Busayo

MUKABA ZAWADI
Apr 23
Apr 23

well said my dear, the internet is very important in our life because it keeps us up to date with everything that is happening around the world

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thank you so much Zawadi! Great seen you today at the call
Love
Busayo

fidelity
Apr 23
Apr 23

hello Busayo,
this is a very powerful post. true everything is digital and i don't think there will be a reverse in post COVID-19. banks, schools, companies, hospital etc are now operating online. yes i agree that tech is now everything for those want to survive in business.
Fidelis

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 23
Apr 23

Thank you so much Fidelity for your kind words. Stay safe!
Love
Busayo

D'explora.
Apr 23
Apr 23

Wow wow wow. Thank you for sharing. And very interested in this movement. God bless the girls, the women and the men at large.

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you my sister for the encouragement!
Love
Busayo

Anita Shrestha
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you for sharing. Keep it continue

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank You!
Love
Busayo

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 24
Apr 24

Dear Busayo, I hear you sister. Thank you for this impacting write up about the essence of the internet and the need to get everyone learn about it and how to use it. Thank you very much.

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

You are most welcome Sis! it is indeed my pleasure
Love
Busayo

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 24
Apr 24

Dear Busayo,
What great photos. I love the determined looks on the faces of those young women carrying the message, and with the good fortune to have time with you. And then in action with microphones. Yes, the time is now and it is overdue. Because of the corona virus, so many inequities are so blatantly obvious and immediate emergencies. I can only hope that all who have been doing community organizing, in particular those committed to not leaving women and girls out, will be able finally to bring these changes into reality.
Deep love in sisterhood,
Tam

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you so much Tam! I hope the inequalities would be addressed globally. The time is now. I appreciate your encouragement as usual. Hope you doing well and keeping safe
Love
Busayo

Beth Lacey
Apr 24
Apr 24

Busayo, I wish you and your family health and safety. You make an excellent point in your post. And, yes, everyone must be involved in solving this huge problem.

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 24
Apr 24

Oh yes Beth! And the time is now. Please stay safe!
Love
Busayo

Chioma Nwaoha
Apr 25
Apr 25

Hello Beautiful Sister,
Thank you so much for sharing. Much love .

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 28
Apr 28

Hello Dear Sister,
You are most welcome!

Tania Kamaleu
Apr 26
Apr 26

That's a wonderful post we have here
Thanks so much for sharing

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you so much for your encouragement!
Love
Busayo

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Apr 26
Apr 26

I agree no less with you.Access to internet is the gateway to surviving the 21st Century.As Civil Society the onus is on us to put pressure on our Government to make internet accessible and affordable for all irrespective of socioeconomic status

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 28
Apr 28

I appreciate your comment my Sister
Love
Busayo

ANJ ANA
Apr 28
Apr 28

Dear Busayo,
Very true, having access to internet is something very powerful. You can express, explore and access the things easily. So its very important to make the access of net to every women in the world. I am eager to learn and be part of this discussion, I look forward to read you more.
best regards,
anjana

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you Anjana for contribution and encouragement.
Love
Busayo

Elizabeth Ziro
Apr 28
Apr 28

Hi Busayo!
Simply put and straight to the point. Keep safe

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you Sis!
Love
Busayo

Elizabeth Ziro
May 08
May 08

Nice of you leading the team on thriving Thursday, yaaay

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Apr 29
Apr 29

Hi Obisakin!
Please keep up the very good work you are doing. I believe it is very empowering for women and girls globally but especially in specifically in Africa and other developing countries where there are electricity and connectivity wifi concerns. Everyone benefits as a whole from your Campaign. After all , all of humanity needs to be connected to informed information and education in order to succeed and positively evolve. Thank you!
Sis Queen

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 30
Apr 30

Yes! You are right my Sister! Thank you so much for the encouragement and for the good work you are doing too.
Love
Busayo

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks dear Sister, we are grateful for the honored opportunity to support Mother Africa and beyond, stay safe and protected. Amin.

Regina Afanwi Young
Apr 30
Apr 30

Hello sister Busayo,
Hope you and your family are doing well. This write up makes my heart melt. its the same challenge all over Africa. Thank you for taking up the challenge to empower our girls. Stay safe my dear sister

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks so much Sister regina for your Love! I really appreciate. Please stay safe too my Sister
Love
Busayo

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Apr 30
Apr 30

You are right my dear Busayo. The internet helped us to forget about this painful moment of the covid19.
Thanks

Busayo Obisakin
May 02
May 02

Thank you Sis! Internet was a great help at this time. Stay safe
Love
Busayo

lizkora
May 02
May 02

A powerful post. Today the internet has also become an existential need for every human being on this planet. Life without the internet is life outside the global community. A life oblivious of current info, trends and updates. Many children in sub-Saharan Africa are without this basic necessity of life and yet are expected to write exams on information technology, what an irony. The need to get policymakers on board is now!.

Busayo Obisakin
May 02
May 02

You are very right my Sister! This is the reason why as a matter of urgency there is need to address the issue of internet especially in the developing countries.
Love
Busayo

Mbizo Chirasha
May 03
May 03

Great write , great strides , Insightful.

Busayo Obisakin
May 06
May 06

Thank you for the encouragement!

Chinyere Kalu
May 06
May 06

So very true Sis! The relevance of technology and the use of the internet came to fore during the lockdown and I doubt this will go away anytime soon.
Therefore, efforts should be made for more women, both rural and the urban ( not all urban women has access to internet yet), students and all to have affordable internet to become relevant in the post Covid era.

Busayo Obisakin
May 06
May 06

Yes my sister, we have to intensify our efforts to achieve this. Please stay safe!
Love
Busayo

Chinyere Kalu
May 06
May 06

Well Done Sis! Where are you in Nigeria? Let's connect.