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.

Join the celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day on 23 April 2015!
 

 

Would you like to see girls around the world be empowered to reach their full potential?

Do you think we need a more gender-balanced ICT-sector?

 

International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience ICTs by getting a first-hand look into the ICT companies and institutions and listening to female role models.

Organize an event and be part of the global movement to inspire girls and young women to consider a future in technology. Click here to learn more!

And don't forget to get social! Check out our Facebook page and join the conversation via #girlsinict.

Since 2011, over 111,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 3,500 events held in 140 countries around the world.  

 

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

  • London, United Kingdom
     Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) co-hosted an event at Campus London with Google’s women@campus and Hackney MP Meg Hillier. The evening brought together women of achievement in the technology sector with local female sixth formers from schools in Hackney. The main goal of the event was to help equip young women from Hackney with...
  • Paramaribo, Suriname
    The Ministry of Transport, Tourism and Telecommunications in Suriname was the strength behind the project in the country. The latter-mentioned Ministry, in collaboration with other ministries, the regulatory authorities and telecom providers decided to bring girls in their last years of secondary school to Innovation lab at the University of...
  • Muscat, Oman
    International Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in the Sultanate of Oman on 2nd of May 2012 during the Annual IT, Telecom and Technology Exhibition – Comex 2012 (30th  April-  4th May) in Muscat by the Ministry of Education of Oman.
  • Portugal
    GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2013 May 9th 2013 Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (FPC)
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    GIRLS IN ICT DAY, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 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...
  • 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.
  • Europe, China
  • Serrekunda, Gambia
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Grenada
    Women and Girls in ICT || GRENADA’s Initiative 2012 Events were held between September and December 2012

Profiles of women role models

  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elinor Axelrod
    Program Manager at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • Neelie Kroes
    Vice President
    European Commission
    Neelie Kroes, born on 19 July 1941 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, is a Dutch politician and businessperson.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Suvi Lindén
    ITU´s Special Envoy to Broadband Commission for Digital Development
    The Broadband Commission, Finland
    Suvi Lindén was Finland’s Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Ms Lindén was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011 Ms Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for...
  • 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,...
  • Limor Lahiani
    Senior Development Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel

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