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

  • Galicia, Espana
  • Nepal
    International Girls in ICT Day has been established by ITU 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).
  • 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 (...
  • Moroni, Union des Comores
    INTRODUCTION
  • Lusaka, Zambia
    Tech Needs Girls campaign and Girls in ICT Day 2013 Photocopy & Office Machines Ltd. has been an established company in Zambia since 1972 and since over a decade has championed hiring of girls from local villages providing them with the necessary training to become experts in handling and selling of ICT equipment and services (office equipment...
  • Basse, Gambia
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mafoluku, Lagos, Nigeria
    W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an annual programme, which started in 2008. It is an initiative of W.TEC which aims to mould young girls’ psyche, give them a positive image of technology, related fields and opportunities while bridging the knowledge and skill gap between boys and girls in their career paths. Camp Main Objectives
  • Dakar, Senegal
    Les objectifs spécifiques de la Journée Internationale des Jeunes Filles dans le secteur des TIC au Sénégal étaient :

Profiles of women role models

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:
  • Hen Fitoussi
    Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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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