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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.

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.

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!

How to organize your event? Click here to learn more!

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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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Papua New Guinea
    This initiative is being celebrated for the first time here in PNG University of Technology.
  • Germany
    Every year in April, technical enterprises, enterprises with technical departments and technical training facilities, universities, and research centres organise an open day for girls – Girls'Day. In 2001 ‘Girls'Day – Future Prospects for Girls' initiated a large campaign in which a wide range of professions and...
  • Hhohho, Manzini & Shiselweni, Swaziland
    In the celebration of ‘Girls in ICT’ day the Swaziland Posts & telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), which directly reports to the Ministry of Information Communications & Technology (MoICT), the Swaziland Television Broadcasting Service (STBC) and the high schools in the Kingdom of Swaziland embarked on an outreach tour to...
  • 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...
  • Trinidad & Tobago
    On Thursday, April 25th 2013, TATT hosted a “Careers in ICT Seminar” at the St. Jude’s Home for Girls in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day. This initiative raised awareness about the opportunities available in pursuing various dynamic and exciting careers in ICT.
  • 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...
  • Namibia
    The forum was organised in partnership with networking leader Cisco Systems to encourage Namibian girls to choose a career in information and communication technologies (ICT). Telecom Namibia and Cisco Systems executives, including a number of successful women from Telecom Namibia, shared their knowledge and experience with over 20 participants...

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:
  • Elinor Axelrod
    Program Manager at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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.
  • Sadequa Hassan Sejuti
    Managing Director
    FSB(Future Solution for Business) Ltd.
    I embarked on a journey in January 2009 to the remote village of Mithakhali with a single goal: to make a difference. My efforts to find common ground, bring people together and create awareness and interest in community development gave birth to a novel "people's center": The E-Center. Since then, I have tried to be the catalyst for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center

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