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.

Join the celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day on 23 April 2015!
 

 

Would you like to see girls around the world be empowered to reach their full potential?

Do you think we need a more gender-balanced ICT-sector?

 

International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience ICTs by getting a first-hand look into the ICT companies and institutions and listening to female role models.

Organize an event and be part of the global movement to inspire girls and young women to consider a future in technology. Click here to learn more!

And don't forget to get social! Check out our Facebook page and join the conversation via #girlsinict.

Since 2011, over 111,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 3,500 events held in 140 countries around the world.  

 

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

  • Dakar, Sénégal
    INTRODUCTION
  • 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...
  • Belgrade, Serbia
      Celebrating of the Girls in ICT Day in Serbia
  • 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.
  • Nepal
    International Girls in ICT Day has been established by ITU 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).
  • Galicia, Espana
  • Tabamsansang Village, Tumana District, Upper River Region, the Gambia
    The Information Technology Association of The Gambia Basse Chapter celebrated Girls in ICT Day on the 26th May, 2012 in Tambasansang Village in Tumana District Upper River Region. In The Gambia especially URR, Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in a form of gathering where Girls from Lower Basic School including Parents and Youth Association under...
  • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    “Girls in ICT” International Day was celebrated in Kyrgyzstan for the first time.  The main goal of this event was to recruit girls and young women in ICT sector.  The  mission  of the event  was  to  organize  excursions, presentations  and  lectures on ICT, show its specifics and...
  • Lima, Peru
    "We and Technology", It is the special event that the National Institute for Research and Training in Telecommunications of the National Engineering University, INICTEL-UNI, held this April 26 as part of the celebrations for the International Telecommunications Day.
  • Europe, China

Profiles of women role models

  • 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...
  • Supriya Bhargavan
    IT Architect
    IBM, Canada
    Summary biography:  Worked as a lecturer in Computer Science at the Evelyn Hone College before completing a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Natal. Since my Masters I have worked in various domains as a programmer, team lead and later as an architect designing custom software solutions. Prior to moving to Canada I worked in...
  • 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...
  • Stanimira Koleva
    Managing Director, APJC Partner Business Group
    CISCO SYSTEMS (USA) PTE LTD, Singapore
    Stanimira Koleva is Managing Director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco Systems in the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) region. Ms Koleva works closely with the Worldwide Partner Organization to lead the overall APJC strategy for the Channel and Partner Ecosystem.  She oversees transformational and ecosystem...
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hen Fitoussi
    Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...
  • Padmasree Warrior
    Senior Vice President-Engineering and Chief Technology Officer
    Cisco, Global
    As Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior helps define Cisco’s technological strategy and drives innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. As an evangelist for what’s possible, she pushes Cisco to stretch beyond its current capabilities, not just in technology, but also...

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