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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012, 17 May  

WTISD 2012 - PosterThe purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.


Theme 2012: "Women and Girls in ICT"

The theme of this year’s WTISD, “Women and Girls in ICT”, aims to ensure that this vulnerable female half of the world’s population will march forward as equals. As a means of bringing global attention to this theme, ITU will present the annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to eminent personalities who have contributed to bringing attention to the world’s women and girls and used the power of ICTs to empower them as equals.


World Telecommunication and Information Society Award
As a means of bringing global attention to this year's theme: “Women and Girls in ICT”, ITU will present the annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to eminent personalities in recognition of their leadership and dedication in promoting both the involvement of women in the ICT field, and in leveraging the catalytic role ICTs can play in creating far-reaching opportunities for women and girls by eliminating gender disparities and empowering them to meet their goals and aspirations. The Award presentation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 16 May from 10 am in the Popov room at ITU headquarters, Geneva.



ITU will also mark international “Girls in ICT Day” this year on 26 April 2012.  “Girls in ICT Day”, to be held every year on the fourth Thursday of April, encourages members to host events where girls and young women are invited to ICT companies and government agencies to appreciate the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.



 

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