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

  • Galicia, Espana
  • Nigeria
    W.TEC TECHNOLOGY CAMP FOR GIRLS REPORT  
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Saudi Arabia
    Cisco Focuses on Leadership and ICT Skills Training For Female Students in KSA Cisco Undertakes Dedicated CSR Programs to Support Kingdom’s Diversity Initiatives and Help to Boost Future Outlook for Talented Young Women throughout Saudi Arabia
  • Bamako, Mali
    Journée internationale des jeunes filles dans le secteur des TIC Le Mali encourage A l’instar des autres pays de la communauté internationale, le Mali a célébré, le jeudi 25 avril, la Journée des jeunes filles dans le secteur des TIC.
  • Zambia
  • Mafoluku, Lagos, Nigeria
    W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an annual programme, which started in 2008. It is an initiative of W.TEC which aims to mould young girls’ psyche, give them a positive image of technology, related fields and opportunities while bridging the knowledge and skill gap between boys and girls in their career paths. Camp Main Objectives
  • Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil
    On April 26, 2012 INATEL celebrated the “Girls in ICT Day” in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil, and organized an event about the participation of women in the ICTs market. An ex-student of the Institute and director general of Brazil Spinner, Lanari Pollyanna, gave a lecture. Then there was a debate with the participation of...
  • 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.

Profiles of women role models

  • Somto Fab-Ukozor
    Team Lead of MS2C (Mobile Skills to Cash)
    Orudii/ Nigeria
    Somto has a degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. She is enthusiastic about using ICT as an innovative tool for youth development and empowerment. This led her to develop a project MS2C (Mobile Skills to Cash); a solution that uses mobile technology to connect young people to job...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Limor Lahiani
    Senior Development Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • Neelie Kroes
    Vice President
    European Commission
    Neelie Kroes, born on 19 July 1941 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, is a Dutch politician and businessperson.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Iram Bhatti
    CEO/ Founder LabMagic
    LabMagic, Pakistan
    Ms. Iram Tariq Bhatti holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Pakistan. She has worked as a Lab Engineer in SMART Lab, NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Pakistan. She has carried out research in areas of embedded systems and virtual reality applications. She...
  • 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...
  • 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)

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