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
    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...
  • 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...
  • Barataria, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) hosted a Bring Your Daughters to Work Day on April 12, 2012 at its Office in commemorating Girls in ICT Day and was held on that day to take the opportunity of the girls being on Easter vacation. The group of girls were between the ages of 5-18 years old and came with their parents.
  • 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...
  • Monrovia, Liberia
    The activities planned by ISOC-Liberia Chapter for the Girls in ICT Day  were part of a  two days events: On the first day we had '' Open day in companies"  We  engaged companies, particularly private and public Telecommunication, ICT companies and Digital Centers to hold a “work day for Girls”.  
  • 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...
  • 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.  
  • New Delhi, India
    "International “Girls in ICT Day,” is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April every year and this year it was successfully celebrated in New Delhi as “Girls in ICT Day 2013”, on the 7th may 2013. The event was jointly organized by ITU-APT Foundation of India and CMAI which was held at the backdrop of the CMAI 7th...
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Yaoundé, Cameroun
    Le quatrième jeudi de ce mois d’avril 2012, s’est célébrée pour la première fois au Cameroun, la Journée Internationale des Jeunes Filles dans secteur des TIC, elle était organisée par le Centre Féminin pour la Promotion Du Développement (CEFEPROD), Sous le haut...

Profiles of women role models

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

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