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

  • 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...
  • Nepal
     On the auspicious occasion of International Girls in ICT Day, Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal and Wikimedia Nepal organized wiki editathon for girls in Sumway International Business School on 25th April 2013, 25 girls were participated and did some wiki edit things.
  • Turkey
  • Ghana
    ABOUT UNSA-GTUC The United Nations Students Association of Ghana Technology University College is an inter -facular student association, which aims to engage the students of GTUC in an interactive and critical evaluation of the United Nations structure, method of work, and its position in the world. It provides the perfect platform for students to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bangladesh
    BWIT and UCEP celebrate Girls in ICT Day 2013 International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by International Telecommunications Union, (ITU) 193 Member States, 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 (...
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    The Girls in ICT Day was observed for the first time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Thursday, 26th April, 2012 by way of a launching ceremony organised by the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The venue was the Gateway Hotel in the nation’s capital of Port Moresby where in attendance were representatives...
  • Saudi Arabia
    Cisco Focuses on Leadership and ICT Skills Training For Female Students in KSA Cisco Undertakes Dedicated CSR Programs to Support Kingdom’s Diversity Initiatives and Help to Boost Future Outlook for Talented Young Women throughout Saudi Arabia
  • Port-Vila, Vanuatu
    Over 1000 people attended the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Showcase held at the seafront, Port Vila on Friday, 18th May when Vanuatu celebrated for the first time World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).

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...
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Monique Jeanne Morrow
    Global Technology Leadership Team, Asia Office of the CTO at Cisco and is also a Distinguished Engineer
    Cisco/Office of the CTO/Switzerland with a global position
    Monique Morrow is currently Distinguished Consulting under the Office of the CTO at Cisco. She has over 20 years experience in IP internetworking that includes design, implementation of complex customer projects and service development for service providers. Monique has been involved in developing managed Network Services like Remote Access and...
  • Hen Fitoussi
    Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • Supriya Bhargavan
    IT Architect
    IBM, Canada
    Summary biography:  Worked as a lecturer in Computer Science at the Evelyn Hone College before completing a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Natal. Since my Masters I have worked in various domains as a programmer, team lead and later as an architect designing custom software solutions. Prior to moving to Canada I worked in...

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