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.

In order to further recognize this issue of too few women joining the ICT sector, the ITU has launched the Tech Needs Girls campaign. This is a broader ITU effort to spur all stakeholders including girls themselves to take full advantage of the opportunities brought by these technologies.

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.

Join us and organize a “Girls in ICT Day” event on or around 24 April 2014 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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¿Por qué un portal sobre niñas en las TIC (Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación)?

¿Ha pensado alguna vez desarrollar una carrera en las TIC? ¿No sabe cómo empezar? Este portal proporciona información práctica sobre programas de becas, prácticas, oportunidades de formación, redes en línea, actividades del día de las niñas en las TIC y otros recursos. ¿Por qué buscar en el sector de las TIC? Una buena razón es la necesidad prevista de profesionales cualificados y el hecho de que muchas empresas y organizaciones están buscando activamente contratar a mujeres de alta cualificación técnica. Este portal está pensado para que se animen las niñas y mujeres jóvenes a prepararse para una carrera en las TIC, e informar a los padres, profesores y otros interesados acerca de la razón por la cual la preparación para una carrera en las TIC es bueno para ellas, bueno para las empresas y bueno para las sociedades.

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¿Qué es el Día de las niñas en las TIC?

A pesar de las evidentes ventajas, muchas niñas ni siquiera se llegan a plantear una carrera en las TIC. Hay una falta de información entre las estudiantes, profesores y padres de lo que una carrera en las TIC puede ofrecer. Las actitudes pueden cambiar cuando se invita a niñas a visitar empresas y agencias gubernamentales para conocer profesionales de las TIC y ver cómo es la vida en el trabajo. Por esta razón, los miembros de la UIT, en la Resolución 70 de su Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios (Guadalajara, 2010), acordaron establecer el Día de las niñas en las TIC el cuarto jueves de abril de cada año.

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Girls in ICT Day events

  • Yerevan, Armenia
    This year, with the initiation of "Women and Information Society" NGO, “International Girls in ICT Day” has been celebrated in Armenia.  The celebration is an excellent opportunity to encourage girls to choose a career in ICT. Girls are often actively discouraged by families, teachers and career advisors from pursuing...
  • Nairobi, Kenya
    With girls from over 20 schools within Nairobi and its environs in attendance, it was clear, that aspiring and existing women in tech in Nairobi had eagerly awaited this day.
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    The Girls in ICT Day was observed for the first time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Thursday, 26th April, 2012 by way of a launching ceremony organised by the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The venue was the Gateway Hotel in the nation’s capital of Port Moresby where in attendance were representatives...
  • Grenada
    Grenada’s Initiative Women and Girls in ICT 2013 Activity Overview
  • Geneva, Switzerland
    International Girls in ICT Day 2012  succeeded in empowering over 30,000 girls and young women on 26 April 2012.  More than 1,320 national and local Girls in ICT Day events were held in some 90 countries this year.  Each event introduced girls and young women to the growing opportunities offered by a career in ICTs.
  • 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...
  • Brussels, Belgium
    Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’, an awareness-raising initiative designed to pay tribute to women’s contribution to the technology industry and promote tech careers to a new generation of girls with an interest in science and maths.
  • Grenada
    Women and Girls in ICT || GRENADA’s Initiative 2012 Events were held between September and December 2012
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Girls in ICT Day in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Webinar: "Unpacking Gender and Mobile Learning: Global Experiences"
    Unpacking Gender and Mobile Learning: Global Experiences was an internationally-focused webinar held on Monday 22 April 2013 in support of ITU's Girls in ICT Day. The webinar was hosted by Ronda Zelezny-Green in conjunction with the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn). More than 30 participants joined the webinar,...

Profiles of women role models

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Limor Lahiani
    Senior Development Lead at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • Elinor Axelrod
    Program Manager at Microsoft
    NEXT, Microsoft R&D Center, Israel
  • 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...
  • Shira Weinberg
    Program Manager
    Microsoft, Israel R&D center
  • 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.
  • 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...

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