ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand, 2014, April 24
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, organized the Girls in ICT Day 2014 on 24th April 2014 in Bangkok at the Thailand Knowledge Park with support from the Ministry of ICT (Thailand), National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (Thailand), UN Women, UNESCAP, UNESCO, Intel, Thailand Knowledge Park, Asia-Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN) and Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management, Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University (CCDKM). Around 80 participants attended the event.
The event was opened by Mrs. Songporn Komolsuradej, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand and addressed by Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General, ITU (video message). Mr. Sameer Sharma, Regional Director a.i., ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Roberta Clarke, Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand, UN Women and Dr. Tatsanai Wongpisethkul, Director, Office of the Thailand Knowledge Park gave welcome remarks while Ms. Supinya Klangnarong, Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission shared her own thoughts and experiences. Representatives from UNESCO, UNESCAP, Intel and UN Women shared their ongoing initiatives to encourage the participation of Girls in ICT. Ms. Nicole da Silva, Champion for the Australian National Committee for UN Women also joined the event and shared her ideas for promoting use of ICT for women and girls.
On this occasion, an E-POSTER Competition was organized for girls in Thailand for sharing their thoughts on how to convince girls to get into ICT-related courses and tech jobs and how to change the male dominated image of ICT sector. Four teams nominated from the APTN and CCDKM made their presentation in the event in front of the judges and were awarded by the jury based on their performance. The event received positive feedback from organizers and most importantly from the girls, who felt very encouraged.
Detailed speeches and presentations are available at http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/asp/CMS/Events/2014/Girls-ICT/index.asp