Events held worldwide to inspire girls and young women to consider careers in ICT
Various organizations around the globe have today, on International Girls in ICT day, organised events to inspire girls and young women to consider careers in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
“ITU’s International Girls in ICT Day has become a global movement in which more girls and young women are learning about the wide range of fascinating opportunities ICT careers can offer,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
“In the coming years, there will be numerous job opportunities for people equipped with relevant digital skills. It is essential that the public and private sectors, as well as academia, and civil society seize the momentum created by International Girls in ICT Day to leapfrog the number of girls pursuing careers in technology.”
The International Girls in ICT day is organized annually on the fourth Thursday in April by the International Telecommunication Union or ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies (ICTs)
Since its inception, over 300,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 9,000 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 166 countries worldwide.
International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity to encourage young women and girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
ICTs are a key driver of gender equality and women’s empowerment. With improved access to these transformative technologies, women and girls around the world can benefit from increased employment and business opportunities.
ITU promotes the use of ICTs to ensure women and girls have the necessary skills and tools to fully exploit the benefits of today’s digital economy, and ITU encourages its membership to undertake yearlong activities to make girls and young women aware of job opportunities in the ICT sector as well as to develop their ICT skills.
“Each time we introduce more women to the world of ICTs, not only do we take one more step towards achieving gender equality, but we accelerate socio-economic development for all,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “In many countries, we are starting to see International Girls in ICT Day initiatives moving from one-day events to sustained, on-going programmes to teach girls about ICTs throughout the year. Let’s make every day a Girls in ICT Day!”