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

  • Podgorica, Montenegro
    The Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro joined the action of marking International Girls in ICT Day on 26th April with the aim of popularizing studying and education in this field, primarily among young population.
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    CANTO and Soroptimist International of Port of Spain hosted a Women and Girls in ICT Interactive Workshop as part of the line up of activities to commemorate World Telecommunication Information Society Day (WTISD) carded for May 17th 2012. The workshop which was held on the 26th of April at the Bishops Centenary College for girls in Trinidad...
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Jueves, 26 de abril de 2012  SANTO DOMINGO Debaten en un panel los éxitos y retos de mujeres profesionales en carreras tecnológicas; 130 niñas de liceos asisten a celebración del “Día Mundial de las Niñas y las TIC”.
  • 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.  
  • 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...
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    On Tuesday June 26, 2012, the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada funded an event hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Canada, and ARDHI University (ARU) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, called Planning for the Future of a City, Generation, and Workforce: An information and communication technologies seminar and workshop...
  • Wellington, New Zealand
    Komputer Kooks Celebrated International Girls in ICT Day at Wellington East Girls’ College On 26 April 2012, the Komputer Kooks celebrated International Girls in ICT Day by holding a text-off in the school hall at lunchtime. This text-off competition was to determine “Who the fastest texter in the East” is. Girls from all year...
  • Mexico DF, Mexico
    El jueves 26 de abril de 2012, la Cofetel celebró el día internacional de las niñas en las TIC con un concurso de dibujo para niñas menores de 16 años y una conferencia impartida por Melva Sangri, Directora de mam@digital. Se contó con la participación del Comisionado Presidente, Mony de Swaan y de...
  • 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...
  • Brunei Darussalam
    The Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) announced the inaugural Girls in ICT Celebration in Brunei Darussalam on the 30th of April 2013 at the Knowledge Hub. A series of events marked the celebration; where AITI collaborated with iCentre of the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), TechOne Global...

Profiles of women role models

  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Laina Raveendran Greene
    Founder and CEO
    GETIT, United States
    Laina Raveendran Greene is founder of GETIT Inc, an international business planning and strategic marketing consultancy based in Silicon Valley since 2000.  Laina’s work experience spans 25 years in the telecom industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries.

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