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

  • Skopje, FYROM
    Girls in ICT Day 2013 in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia joined the international observing of “Girls in ICT Day” on the 8th of May. 120 girls studying in 10 high schools, accompanied by their teachers, took part of this years’ celebration. Girls were chosen by professors, based on their...
  • 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...
  • Yerevan, Armenia
    This year, with the initiation of "Women and Information Society" NGO, “International Girls in ICT Day” has been celebrated in Armenia.  The celebration is an excellent opportunity to encourage girls to choose a career in ICT. Girls are often actively discouraged by families, teachers and career advisors from pursuing...
  • Lagos, Nigeria
    International Girls in ICT Day was celebrated for the first time in Nigeria by e-Business Life Communication Limited in Collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)on Thursday, April 26, 2012.
  • Monrovia, Liberia
    The activities planned by ISOC-Liberia Chapter for the Girls in ICT Day  were part of a  two days events: On the first day we had '' Open day in companies"  We  engaged companies, particularly private and public Telecommunication, ICT companies and Digital Centers to hold a “work day for Girls”.  
  • Abuja, Nigeria
    INTRODUCTION Digital Peers International (DPI) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a primary purpose of promoting interest in ICT amongst women, youth and children, using non-conventional learning methods. The group identifies talented and gifted children and develops them through early introduction to virile ICT capacity building...
  • Odense, Denmark
    Coinciding with the Danish Presidency of the EU, Greenlightforgirls.org inaugurated it's first-ever Danish event, Greenlight@Odense Day, on 21 April 2012!
  • Serrekunda, Gambia
  • Grenada
    Women and Girls in ICT || GRENADA’s Initiative 2012 Events were held between September and December 2012
  • 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

  • Limor Lahiani
    Senior Development Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Sadequa Hassan Sejuti
    Managing Director
    FSB(Future Solution for Business) Ltd.
    I embarked on a journey in January 2009 to the remote village of Mithakhali with a single goal: to make a difference. My efforts to find common ground, bring people together and create awareness and interest in community development gave birth to a novel "people's center": The E-Center. Since then, I have tried to be the catalyst for...
  • 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...
  • Nirmita Narasimhan
    Programme Manager
    Centre for Internet and Society, India
    Nirmita Narasimhan is a Programme Manager with the Centre for Internet and Society and works on policy research and advocacy related to IP reform and technology access for persons with disabilities. She was awarded the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India in recognition of her work in December 2010...
  • 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...
  • Victoria Alonsoperez
    Co-founder
    IEETECH, Uruguay
    I am an Electronic, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineer from Uruguay. For my thesis, I designed and built the Attitude Determination System of the first Uruguayan Satellite. Throughout my life, my biggest passion has always been outer space. This passion began at the age of four, and since then, I have always tried to become involved in as...
  • Hen Fitoussi
    Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...

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