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

  • Turkey
  • Malaysia
    The world celebrated the ITU’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’ on 26 April 2012. In Malaysia, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) held ITU’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’ programme under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union-Universiti Utara Malaysia...
  • Moroni, Union des Comores
    INTRODUCTION
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Bangalore, India
    The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by the International Telecommunic-ations Union (ITU) and their member states to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers and actions in the growing feld of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in...
  • Moscow, Russia
    On 19-20 April 2012, in the ITU Area Office for the CIS (Moscow, Russian Federation), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with support of Communication Administration of the CIS countries and in collaboration with UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies (IITE) and CISCO Network Academy organized the seminar dedicated to...
  • Bamako, Mali
    Journée internationale des jeunes filles dans le secteur des TIC Le Mali encourage A l’instar des autres pays de la communauté internationale, le Mali a célébré, le jeudi 25 avril, la Journée des jeunes filles dans le secteur des TIC.
  • Mafoluku, Lagos, Nigeria
    W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an annual programme, which started in 2008. It is an initiative of W.TEC which aims to mould young girls’ psyche, give them a positive image of technology, related fields and opportunities while bridging the knowledge and skill gap between boys and girls in their career paths. Camp Main Objectives
  • Dakar, Sénégal
    INTRODUCTION
  • 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...

Profiles of women role models

  • 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...
  • Mandlesilo (Mandla) Msimang
    Managing Director
    Pygma Consulting
    Mandla Msimang, has more than 12 years experience in ICT policy and regulation having worked in both ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) and its predecessor SATRA (South African Telecommunication Regulatory Authority) where she held increasingly senior roles from Advisor to the Deputy Chairman of SATRA to Senior Manager,...
  • Gloria Bonder
    Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Area of FLACSO Argentina (Latin American School of Social Sciences)
    FLACSO, Argentina
    Psychologist (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), M.A. in Gender and Education (Department of Education, University of Cambridge, England). Director of the "Gender, Society and Policies Area” at the Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina). Within this Area she coordinates two Regional Programs:
  • Padmasree Warrior
    Senior Vice President-Engineering and Chief Technology Officer
    Cisco, Global
    As Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior helps define Cisco’s technological strategy and drives innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. As an evangelist for what’s possible, she pushes Cisco to stretch beyond its current capabilities, not just in technology, but also...
  • Neelie Kroes
    Vice President
    European Commission
    Neelie Kroes, born on 19 July 1941 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, is a Dutch politician and businessperson.
  • Laina Raveendran Greene
    Founder and CEO
    GETIT, United States
    Laina Raveendran Greene is founder of GETIT Inc, an international business planning and strategic marketing consultancy based in Silicon Valley since 2000.  Laina’s work experience spans 25 years in the telecom industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries.
  • Somto Fab-Ukozor
    Team Lead of MS2C (Mobile Skills to Cash)
    Orudii/ Nigeria
    Somto has a degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. She is enthusiastic about using ICT as an innovative tool for youth development and empowerment. This led her to develop a project MS2C (Mobile Skills to Cash); a solution that uses mobile technology to connect young people to job...
  • Stanimira Koleva
    Managing Director, APJC Partner Business Group
    CISCO SYSTEMS (USA) PTE LTD, Singapore
    Stanimira Koleva is Managing Director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco Systems in the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) region. Ms Koleva works closely with the Worldwide Partner Organization to lead the overall APJC strategy for the Channel and Partner Ecosystem.  She oversees transformational and ecosystem...
  • 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...
  • Elinor Axelrod
    Program Manager at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel

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