The Girls in ICT initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership. The Girls in ICT Portal is a tool for girls and young women to get an insight into the ICT sector as well as for partners to understand the importance of the International Girls in ICT Day, developed by the Digital Inclusion programme of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.

International Girls in ICT Day 2014

The International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to get inspired about ICT sector by getting a first-hand look into the ICT institutions and listening to women role models.

Since 2011, almost 3,500 events in 140 countries have taken place, empowering over 100,000 girls and young women globally.

It's still not too late! Join us and organize a “Girls in ICT Day” event this year and be a part of this initiative to empower young girls!

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Why a Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Portal?

Have you ever thought about a career in ICTs?  Don’t know how to get started?  This portal provides practical information on scholarship programs, internships, training opportunities, online networks, Girls in ICT Day activities and other resources.  Why look at the ICT sector?  One compelling reason is the predicted need for skilled professionals and the fact that many companies and organizations are actively seeking to hire highly skilled technical women.  This portal is designed to encourage girls and young women to prepare themselves for a career in ICT and inform parents, teachers and other stakeholders on why preparing for a career in ICTs is good for women and girls, good for business and good for societies.

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What is Girls in ICT Day?

International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.

International Girls in ICT day was observed this year on 24 April 2014.  Next year International Girls in ICT day will be observed on 23 April 2015.

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Girls in ICT Day events

  • Baku, Azerbaijan
    On 17 May 2012 the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan held a solemn ceremony dedicated to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Iltimas...
  • Nigeria
    Girls in ICT Day in Nigeria - Career Fair in local schools Women in Techonology Nigeria (WITIN) Celeberated the Girls in ICT day by organizing ICT talks for girls in secondary schools and opening a National ICT e-Contest April 26th. WITIN is giving more attention to marginalized communities in 2011-2013, and thus visited some community schools in...
  • Budapest, Hungary
    The Association of Hungarian Women in Science organized the Girls’ Day for the first time in Hungary on 26 April 2012 – simultaneously with the European initiative
  • Webinar: "Unpacking Gender and Mobile Learning: Global Experiences"
    Unpacking Gender and Mobile Learning: Global Experiences was an internationally-focused webinar held on Monday 22 April 2013 in support of ITU's Girls in ICT Day. The webinar was hosted by Ronda Zelezny-Green in conjunction with the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn). More than 30 participants joined the webinar,...
  • Papua New Guinea
    This initiative is being celebrated for the first time here in PNG University of Technology.
  • Kigali, Rwanda
    International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is...
  • Skopje, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
    On April 26th, 109 girls studying in second and third year from top 8 secondary schools in the capital city, Skopje, accompanied by their teachers, took part of the very first celebration of the international “Girls in ICT” day in the Republic of Macedonia. Girls were chosen by professors, based on their result, performance and...
  • Bamako, Mali
    A la faveur de la 2e  édition de la journée internationale des jeunes filles dans le secteur des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (TIC), Orange Mali a ouvert ses portes aux jeunes filles élèves  du groupe scolaire Marie Diarra d'Hamdallaye. La visite s’est déroul...
  • Dakar, Senegal
    Les objectifs spécifiques de la Journée Internationale des Jeunes Filles dans le secteur des TIC au Sénégal étaient :
  • Ecuador
    Quito. – Desde miércoles, 24 de abril, hasta el viernes, 26 de abril por el dia mundial de las niñas y mujeres en las TIC, se desarrolla el Taller para las facilitadoras de los Infocentros Comunitarios de cuatro provincias del país, con el fin de coordinar experiencias que permitan la inclusión de mas mujeres, ni...

Profiles of women role models

  • Claudia Gomez Costa
    Presidente
    “FUNDACION APRENDIENDO BAJO LA CRUZ DEL SUR” - REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
    Desarrollo y dirijo desde hace quince años programas que incluyen TIC en Educación, equipando con computadoras, conectando de manera sustentable a internet con banda ancha y favoreciendo y capacitando a los sectores más vulnerables, especialmente comunidades aisladas y de difícil acceso, pueblos originarios, mujeres...
  • Suvi Lindén
    ITU´s Special Envoy to Broadband Commission for Digital Development
    The Broadband Commission, Finland
    Suvi Lindén was Finland’s Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Ms Lindén was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011 Ms Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for...
  • Funke Opeke
    Chief Executive Officer
    Main One Cable Company, Nigeria
    Funke was born and raised in Nigeria where she obtained a degree in Electronics & electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 1981 before she proceeded to New York for a Master’s degree at Columbia University. Following graduation from Columbia, Funke pursued a career in ICT in the United States and successfully...
  • Sara Adams
    Senior Software Engineer
    Google Germany
  • Farhana Rahman
    CEO & Chairperson at Upload Yourself Systems Ltd
    Upload Yourself Systems Ltd
    I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed to create my own business. I completed a Masters in the Nutrition sector, and started to work in a research organization.
  • Catherine Mahugu
    Co Founder-SasaAfrica
    SasaAfrica
    Catherine Mahugu is a graduate from University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She has been involved in various ICT for Development projects including Stanford University’s Nokia Africa Research Center Design Project building mobile applications targeting informal communities. Kate co-founded SasaAfrica, a...
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • Seema AlKabi
    Team Leader
    Information Technology Authority (ITA), Sultanate of Oman
    Seema was born in Sultanate of Oman. She decided to venture into the digital field as this revolution was emerging while she was growing up and the country wanted its people to be digitally literate. Seema completed a degree in Business Computing in 2001 from Surrey University Roehampton in England as well as an intensive course on IT and skills...
  • Tayana Etienne
    Co-founder of SOLUTIONS S.A. / Director of the Master Program in Database and Integration System
    SOLUTIONS S.A. / State University of Haiti / Haiti
    Tayana was born and raised in Haiti. Since High School she has shown leadership and active empathy in her community. As a member of M.E.J. (Youth Eucharistic Movement), she became involved in reforestation projects and adult women literacy activities in her school neighborhood and in other areas of the capital.
  • Tahani Zeid
    Director of Educational Technology
    Tahani's earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an M.S. in Chemistry from UC Los Angeles. Her background equips her with the necessary skills to plan strategically, while being able to adapt to new project directions. Tahani found her passion for outreach during her undergraduate career as she was involved with Society of...

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