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.

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.

Join us and organize a “Girls in ICT Day” event on or around 24 April 2014 and be a part of this initiative to empower young girls!

How to organize your event? Click here to learn more!

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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 will next be observed on 24 April 2014.

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Girls in ICT Day events

  • Trinidad and Tobago
    In celebration of Girls in ICT Day and the theme of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2012, “Women and Girls in ICT,” the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education (MSTTE) in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago embarked on an outreach tour to secondary schools throughout the country to raise awareness...
  • Ghana
    A GROUP of hundred primary school girls, known as the TECH Girls Club, have celebrated this year’s ‘Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day’ to reiterate the message that girls are equally good in the use of ICT. The day, which falls on the last Thursday of April every year, was set aside by the International...
  • Nairobi, Kenya
    With girls from over 20 schools within Nairobi and its environs in attendance, it was clear, that aspiring and existing women in tech in Nairobi had eagerly awaited this day.
  • Zambia
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Moscow, Russia
    In April 2013, within the framework of the celebrations of International day “Girls in ICT” in A.S. Popov Odessa national academy of telecommunications 2 events were held. On April 19, in the contest “Star of academy and Mister of academy” 7 boys and 7 girls from the academy took part. This represented the new nomination...
  • Abuja, Nigeria
    As part of the global celebration of the Girls in ICT Day, Digital Peers International (DPI) organised a one day Talk show and Quiz Competition for high school girls in Abuja, Nigeria. The event which held at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja brought together more than 80 young girls from 6 high schools. For more information, please contact Digital...
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    CANTO and Soroptimist International of Port of Spain hosted a Women and Girls in ICT Interactive Workshop as part of the line up of activities to commemorate World Telecommunication Information Society Day (WTISD) carded for May 17th 2012. The workshop which was held on the 26th of April at the Bishops Centenary College for girls in Trinidad...
  • Trinidad & Tobago
    On Thursday, April 25th 2013, TATT hosted a “Careers in ICT Seminar” at the St. Jude’s Home for Girls in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day. This initiative raised awareness about the opportunities available in pursuing various dynamic and exciting careers in ICT.

Profiles of women role models

  • Elinor Axelrod
    Program Manager at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • Maria Teresa Camba
    Director for Operations
    Telecentre.org Foundation Philippines
    MARIA TERESA M. CAMBA is Director for Operations of telecentre.org Foundation. She also leads  the global Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign, a joint initiative of  the Foundation and the International Telecommunication Union.
  • 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)
  • Anne Bouverot
    Director General
    GSMA, UK
    Anne Bouverot is Director General and Member of the Board of the GSMA.  Anne brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry.  With a deep understanding of the opportunities and the challenges facing mobile operators today, she leads the GSMA in driving strategic...
  • 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,...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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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