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Why a Girls in ICT Day?

​​One of the best reasons is that there are job opportunities in the ICT sector! The sector is marked by a pressing need for a wide range of ICT talents. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them.  The European Commission, for example, has predicted a skills gap of over 500.000 ICT jobs in Europe by 2020; within a similar time frame the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts the creation of around 1.4 million IT jobs and Canada is expected to create at least 218,000 computing related jobs, just to name a few examples. The ICT sector needs new talent! This is because not enough students are preparing themselves for studies in math, engineering, computing, and sciences.  Compounding this problem, the number of female technical students is disproportionately low.

ICT companies are looking to attract and promote women because achieving greater workforce diversity is good for business. The lack of young women attracted to ICT studies is reflected in ICT companies and government agencies around the world.  The ICT sector is currently male dominated, especially at senior levels. Where women are present, it is often in low-level, low-skilled jobs. Fortunately, many companies are looking to increase the numbers of women in the sector. A broad range of organizations and companies have concluded that increasing women at the top positively impacts financial performance, while those that ignore diversity issues risk ongoing labour shortages. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as the leading United Nations agency for telecommunications and ICTs, seeks to encourage gender balance in the ICT sector at all levels of the profession.

Supporting the education of women and girls in the ICT sector is also in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); in particular SDG 5, aimed at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls through, among others, Information and Communication Technologies. Not only are jobs in the ICT sector lifting women out of poverty, a more gender-balanced sector offers fulfilling mid and high-level careers, and enables highly talented women to springboard to the top of the career ladder. This is good for everyone.  As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, "Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right it is a social and economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong.  Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable."

Testimonials

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA), Nigeria, 2016


"Getting to learn Java Programming Language was a great opportunity for me. I had seen Java only on my phone and I never imagined I will have the opportunity to learn it. All thanks to Girls in ICT for the platform." Patience Abraham, Government Girls Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna.​

SistTec, Sierra Leone, 2016

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"For me, I see this as a golden opportunity that will last for a lifetime especially the desire of creating platforms that will enable women to take the center stage in making careers out of ICT. These are the kinds of education that we need in our curriculums of learning so as we go along we don't get to see ICT as a totally strange concept."
  Mariama J. Bah, United Methodist Secondary School

Office of Utilities Regulations, Jamaica, 2016


"Everything was helpful. This is the first time I have been able to get any first-hand information about the ICT field." Hampton High School student, Grade 10.

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA), Nigeria, 2016


"
Girls in ICT event was really innovative and has changed my views about ICT. With Girls in ICT, we will really create a better future." Christiana John, Government Girls Secondary School, St. Michael's College, Kaduna.

UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE ACCESS FUND (UCSAF), Tanzania, 2016


​"I enjoyed most of the training, how to open an email-account and the MIT App inventor, also I enjoyed knowing how to use the internet to sort out items". 
Christina Peter, Rugambwa Secondary School, Bukoba.