Initiative aims to encourage more girls into
the ICT field.
the establishment of an international ‘Girls in ICT Day’, which will be held
every year on the fourth Thursday in April, beginning this year.
The new ‘Girls
Day’ is the direct result of the adoption of Resolution 70 by ITU’s
Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara in 2010. The Resolution, ‘Gender
mainstreaming in ITU and promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of
women through information and communication technologies’, resolved to
incorporate a gender perspective in the implementation of all programmes and
plans of ITU, and established the new Global Network of Women in ICT: http://witnet.org/index.php.
The network is designed to encourage girls and young
women to choose technology careers by providing mentoring resources, positive,
high-profile role models and toolkits that help national authorities and
organizations promote technology careers to women. It is being supported and
promoted by ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), which, through
its Gender Unit, is working on a range of strategies to leverage ICTs to
improve the livelihood of women worldwide.
designed to provide all the information and resources needed to run a national
‘Girls in ICT Day’ is now available at: http://witnet.org/documents/girlsday-toolkit.pdf.
ITU actively encourages its Member States and Sector Members to get involved
and organize local, regional and national events designed to showcase ICTs and
technology careers to young female students. It also invites Ministries of
Education, Ministries of Communications and other government entities to
support the initiative by partnering with private sector companies to reach out
to young girls through schools, tertiary institutions and in-house mentoring
and shadowing programmes.
“This new Girls
in ICT Day will provide a much-needed boost to female participation in the ICT
sector,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “With many countries now
forecasting a shortage of skilled ICT professionals within the next ten years,
it’s vital that we attract young women into technology if we are to sustain
healthy growth rates for the industry overall. With excellent employment
opportunities and very good remuneration, a career in technology represents an
excellent choice for girls in every country worldwide.”
(Source: ITU Newsroom