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

  • 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...
  • Malta
    ICE Malta joins the rest of the world and celebrates Girls in ICT Day International Girls’ in ICT day is an initiative hosted locally by ICE Malta, with the support of the International Telecommunications Union as well as the European Parliament. The aim of the world event celebrated extensively all over Europe, is to empower and encourage...
  • 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
  • Lusaka, Zambia
    Tech Needs Girls campaign and Girls in ICT Day 2013 Photocopy & Office Machines Ltd. has been an established company in Zambia since 1972 and since over a decade has championed hiring of girls from local villages providing them with the necessary training to become experts in handling and selling of ICT equipment and services (office equipment...
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    La Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones- CONATEL in coordination with the ITU Area Office for Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba, organized a very special day for young girls in their junior year of the school (Instituto Evangélico Virginia SAPP) located in the city of Tegucigalpa,...
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Girls in ICT Day in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Tabamsansang Village, Tumana District, Upper River Region, the Gambia
    The Information Technology Association of The Gambia Basse Chapter celebrated Girls in ICT Day on the 26th May, 2012 in Tambasansang Village in Tumana District Upper River Region. In The Gambia especially URR, Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in a form of gathering where Girls from Lower Basic School including Parents and Youth Association under...
  • Brussels, Belgium
    Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’, an awareness-raising initiative designed to pay tribute to women’s contribution to the technology industry and promote tech careers to a new generation of girls with an interest in science and maths.
  • Montserrat
    The Youth Department coordinated the Girls in ICT Day tour to all of the island's primary schools. Director of Information & Communication Nerissa Golden, architect and graphics designer Linda Dias and Lana McDonald talked to kids about how they can use ICTs to help others and also to earn a living.  
  • Bafia, Cameroun
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Profiles of women role models

  • Iram Bhatti
    CEO/ Founder LabMagic
    LabMagic, Pakistan
    Ms. Iram Tariq Bhatti holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Pakistan. She has worked as a Lab Engineer in SMART Lab, NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Pakistan. She has carried out research in areas of embedded systems and virtual reality applications. She...
  • Honorable Deborah Taylor Tate
    Special Envoy for ITU Child Online Protection Initiative/Former FCC Commissioner/Co-Chair US Healthy Media Commission (with Geena Davis)
    USA
    Twice nominated by US President, Unanimous confirmation by US Senate to Federal Communications Commissioner; Legal counsel and senior staff to 2 Governors, Chairman of Tennessee Regulatory Commission (regulated all utilities)
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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