Greater efforts to support girls and young women
to acquire skills in information and communications technologies (ICTs)
could help address projected shortages of manpower in those
professions, the United Nations telecommunications agency said today,
marking the first “Girls in ICT Day.”
“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,” said Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary-General of
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in a statement announcing the launch of the Day.
“With excellent employment opportunities and very good remuneration, a
career in technology represents an excellent choice for girls in every
country worldwide,” Mr. Touré added.
The Girls in ICT Day will be observed on the fourth Thursday of April
every year to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women
through the use of ICTs. It results from a resolution adopted at ITU’s
Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, last year.
Under the resolution, ITU pledged to incorporate a gender perspective in
the implementation of all its programmes and plans, following which the
Global Network of Women in ICT was established.
The network is designed to encourage girls and young women to choose
technology careers by providing mentoring resources, high-profile role
models and toolkits that help national authorities and organizations
promote technology careers to women. It is supported by ITU’s
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), which, through its Gender
Unit, is working on a range of strategies to use ICT to improve the
livelihood of women worldwide.
(Source: UN News Center)