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Last Updated: 06.05.2014
International Girls in ICT Day  

The International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated globally this year on 24 April 2014. Organizing a celebration for the International Girls in ICT Day is a worthwhile effort as it provides very good opportunity to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs.

 

With this connection, ITU Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific has initiated an event in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand (MICT), the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Intel, UN ESCAP, UN Women, UNESCO, Asia-Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN), Development and Communication Knowledge Management (CCDKM) and TK Park on Thursday 24 April 2014 at 13:30 hrs. at the TK Park, 7th floor, Central World, Bangkok, as per attached programme.

Background  

The Girls in ICT initiative at ITU is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The International Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April each year.

The ICT sector has changed radically since the early days of computing. Every day, more and more people use the Internet, computers, applications and gadgets as part of their regular activities; studying, working, shopping, banking and playing. This has also created new employment opportunities. These jobs were created as more people work directly and intensively with information and communications technology, or ICT, including new jobs such as “social media manager” and occupations linked with multimedia and Internet services, digital graphic design, e-publishing, e-business, and e-commerce.

Objectives: Encouraging girls and young women to consider ICT studies and careers. They will show their interest in opportunities that use their creativity and intuition in for example software application design, digital media, and social and mobile applications. It will help to fulfill an important dimension of the corporate social responsibility as well as be in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 3 to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

AGENDA

13:00 Registration
13:30 Welcome Remarks (5 mins each):

MICT: Welcome Remark by Mrs. Songporn Komolsuradej, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand

ITU: Video message from ITU Secretary-General (3 mins) and

Welcome Remark by Mr. Sameer Sharma, Regional Director a.i., Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

UN Women: Ms. Roberta Clarke, Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand

TK Park: Dr. Tatsanai Wongpisethkul, Director, Office of the Thailand Knowledge Park, Office of the Knowledge Management and Development, Office of the Prime Minister including video message: (7 minutes)
 
14:00 (*) Presentation (max.10 mins each)

ITU Presentation: Girls in ICT Day: by Ms. Sireerat Bunnag, Programme Officer, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (5 mins)

INTEL Presentation: Mr. Russell Campbell, Regional Corporate Marketing Manager, Intel Microelectronics (Thailand) Ltd.

UN Women Presentation: UN Women’s latest ICT-assisted Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Empowerment (7 mins.) with video presentation By Ms. Siriporn Laosang, Regional Coordinator, Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Empowerment

UNESCO Presentation: Mobiles for Reading by Mr. Taylor Bradley, ICT for Education division

ESCAP Presentation: Matthew Perkins Economic Affairs Officer ICT and Development Section
 
14:30 Meet role model woman in ICT

Ms. Supinya Klangnarong, Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to share her experience to inspire girls and women to join ICT sectors.
 
14:50 Competition sessions: E-Poster

1) How to convince girls to get into ICT-related courses and tech jobs
2) How to change the male dominated image of ICT sector

Presented by 4 Team from nationwide (APTN, CCDKM) (5-7 minutes each)
 
15:30 Meet Guest of honour
Ms. Nicole De Silva, Official Champion for UN Women Australia
 
15:50 Awards & Group photo
 
16:00 Conclusion
   
AT A GLANCE  
     
Dates:
24 April 2014

Location: Office of the Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), 7th Central World, 999/9 Rama I Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 http://www.tkpark.or.th/tha/intro/

Organised by: ITU

Contact: For detailed information, please contact

Ms.Sireerat Bunnag
Project Officer
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: sireerat.bunnag@itu.int
 
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