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Celebrate Girls in ICT Day with ITU

Join the ITU team and special guests for a day of tech-oriented activities

Geneva, 15 April, 2013 – With the number of schoolgirls opting to study technology-related disciplines on the decline in most countries worldwide, ITU is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls.

ICT jobs are consistently ranked among the top 20 careers with the best pay and best long-term prospects, and the technology industry remains one of the world’s most robust sectors, creating strong ongoing demand for young tech professionals.

To help inspire girls to consider a future in technology, ITU established ‘Girls in ICT Day’ back in 2010, and supports the global organization of activities every year on the fourth Thursday in April. Global momentum around Girls in ICT Day continues to grow, with 1,300 events held by governments, the private sector and NGOs in 87 countries in 2012 reaching over 30,000 school-age girls, and around 100 countries are expected to hold events this year.

To celebrate this important day, journalists are invited to join ITU staff on April 25 for a programme of workshops and inspiring discussion with local schoolgirls aged 13-17.

What: 

‘Girls in ICT Day’ at ITU

When: 

08:30am - 14:30pm, 25 April, 2013 

8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee (please bring photo ID or UN press badge), + welcoming remarks by Philippe Metzger (ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau)

9:00-10:00 Guided tour of ICT Discovery

10:00-11:20 Workshops on mobile app development and web coding

11:30-13:00 Workshops on Flash video game development and video production

13:00-14:30 Informal lunch with female ICT professionals, including the chance to chat to students and speakers.

Where: 

ICT Discovery Museum, 2nd floor, Montbrillant building, ITU headquarters, Place des Nations, Geneva

Who: 

Around 80 girls from schools in the Geneva area (including France voisine), with ITU technical staff and other experts.

Registration to attend this event is essential. Journalists are requested to confirm their attendance to pressinfo@itu.int by close of business Tuesday 23 April. If you do not have a UN media badge, please ensure you bring photo ID with you in order to obtain a Visitor badge.

Follow the event on Twitter at @ITU #GirlsinICT. The full story of Girls in ICT Day 2013 is being curated at http://storify.com/ITU/girls-in-ict-day-2013 and through ITU’s campaign Facebook page www.facebook.com/TechNeedsGirls.

Photos from event will be available for download from ITU’s Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/photos/itupictures/sets/72157633221090112/

For more information on this event please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 6135
email sarah.parkes@itu.int
Nicolas Jammes
Coordinator, International Girls in ICT Day
telephone +41 22 730 5996
email nicolas.jammes@itu.int

 

Note for media: please register in ITU’s video newsroom for access to broadcast quality footage and news packages at http://www.itu.int/en/newsroom/Pages/videos.aspx

 

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