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

  • Hann Bel Air, Dakar, Senegal
    La journée a été marquée par l’organisation de séries de manifestations consacrées à la sensibilisation des populations notamment les Femmes et filles sur l’importance de l’utilisation des TIC dans le processus de développement.
  • Papua New Guinea
    This initiative is being celebrated for the first time here in PNG University of Technology.
  • 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”.  
  • Nigeria
    W.TEC TECHNOLOGY CAMP FOR GIRLS REPORT  
  • Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
    La 1ere célébration en Côte d’Ivoire de la Journée Internationale des Jeunes Filles dans le secteur des TIC a eu pour le thème « TIC, les filles le peuvent ! ». L’ONG Femmes & TIC a initié des évènements dans le but de promouvoir l’égalit...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Grenada
    Grenada’s Initiative Women and Girls in ICT 2013 Activity Overview
  • 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.  

Profiles of women role models

  • 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...
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Vida Ackom
    CEO
    Real IT Solutions Ltd. Ghana
    Vida Anima Ackom is a Ghanaian Software Developer by profession and owns an Educational Software Company called Real IT Solutions Ltd. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and has 7 years experience in Computer programming.
  • Sara Adams
    Senior Software Engineer
    Google Germany

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