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

  • 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.
  • Bangalore, India
    The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by the International Telecommunic-ations Union (ITU) and their member states to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers and actions in the growing feld of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in...
  • Abuja, Nigeria
    As part of the global celebration of the Girls in ICT Day, Digital Peers International (DPI) organised a one day Talk show and Quiz Competition for high school girls in Abuja, Nigeria. The event which held at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja brought together more than 80 young girls from 6 high schools. For more information, please contact Digital...
  • Portugal
    GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2013 May 9th 2013 Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (FPC)
  • Malaysia
    The world celebrated the ITU’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’ on 26 April 2012. In Malaysia, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) held ITU’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’ programme under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union-Universiti Utara Malaysia...
  • Moscow, Russia
    In April 2013, within the framework of the celebrations of International day “Girls in ICT” in A.S. Popov Odessa national academy of telecommunications 2 events were held. On April 19, in the contest “Star of academy and Mister of academy” 7 boys and 7 girls from the academy took part. This represented the new nomination...
  • Lagos, Nigeria
    25 April, 2013 The grand finale of this year’s International Girls in ICT Day Celebration with the theme: “Tech Needs Girls To Invent the Future” was held at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos – Nigeria. Activities for the day included a seminar, quiz competition among all the schools present and the induction of...
  • Papua New Guinea
    This initiative is being celebrated for the first time here in PNG University of Technology.
  • Moscow, Russia
    On 19-20 April 2012, in the ITU Area Office for the CIS (Moscow, Russian Federation), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with support of Communication Administration of the CIS countries and in collaboration with UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies (IITE) and CISCO Network Academy organized the seminar dedicated to...
  • Lagos, Nigeria
    The second edition of the International Girls in ICT Day in Nigeria was celebrated on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by e-Business Life Communication Limited in Collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This year's celebration was flagged off with facility visits to Omatek Ventures Plc, one of Nigeria's leading OEM on...

Profiles of women role models

  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • 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...
  • Claudia Gomez Costa
    Presidente
    “FUNDACION APRENDIENDO BAJO LA CRUZ DEL SUR” - REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
    Desarrollo y dirijo desde hace quince años programas que incluyen TIC en Educación, equipando con computadoras, conectando de manera sustentable a internet con banda ancha y favoreciendo y capacitando a los sectores más vulnerables, especialmente comunidades aisladas y de difícil acceso, pueblos originarios, mujeres...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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