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

  • 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.
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
    Young Azerbaijani women with an interest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) celebrated their achievements at a special series of events held in Baku on April 25th, entitled “Girls in ICT Day”. International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by UN Member States to create a global environment that empowers...
  • 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...
  • Buea and Ekondo Titi, Cameroon
    THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN (APWAC), a Buea based Civil Society Organization, with activities spread out in all the six Divisions of the South West Region of Cameroon, works with about 523 women, young ladies and youth groups. APWAC seeks to promote and uplift the dignity of women and children through capacity building...
  • 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 (...
  • Kigali, Rwanda
    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...
  • 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...
  • Grenada
    Grenada’s Initiative Women and Girls in ICT 2013 Activity Overview
  • Malta
    ICE Malta joins the rest of the world and celebrates Girls in ICT Day International Girls’ in ICT day is an initiative hosted locally by ICE Malta, with the support of the International Telecommunications Union as well as the European Parliament. The aim of the world event celebrated extensively all over Europe, is to empower and encourage...
  • 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.

Profiles of women role models

  • 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.
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Limor Lahiani
    Senior Development Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...

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