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Photo exhibition: Not a woman’s job?

An upcoming exhibition will highlight the changing faces of science and tech.

ITU seeks inspiring photos.

When you think about typical science and technology professionals, what do they look like?

Perhaps for you, like many people, the archetypal “digital techie” tends to be male.

That also remains the reality across much of the industry, as well as across the whole wide-ranging field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). But it’s no longer a hard and fast rule.

The international community in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to highlight the growing engagement of women – and update prevailing perceptions of STEM careers.

Changing Faces of Science and Tech are the focus of the second edition of UNOG photo exhibition series: Not A Woman’s Job?

Seeking inspiring images

The exhibition will feature the achievements and stories of women who have overcome barriers in science and technology. It aims to challenge existing stereotypes and highlight the vital roles women hold in usually male-dominated areas.

This year, UNOG is organizing the exhibition with the participation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The exhibition will open in early July at the Palais des Nations, which serves as a hub for multiple United Nations agencies based in Geneva.

How to enter:

  • The competition is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. It is also open to corporate entities, including UN organizations.
  • See the terms and conditions for submitting photos.
  • Submit your photos here by 8 May 2024.
Encouraging girls to become digital leaders

Although women today fill an estimated 40 per cent of high-skill jobs globally, their digital tech involvement remains low.

Women are less likely than men to pursue careers in software development, engineering, or technology research, to pursue tech-related academic research, or to reach the highest levels of digital policy making. They also tend to leave science and technology jobs at higher rates than men.

ITU encourages partners and well-wishers worldwide to celebrate Girls in ICT Day on (or around) 25 April.

This year’s theme celebrates “Leadership,” underscoring the need for strong female role models in STEM careers. Information and communication technology (ICT) roles are no exception.

Join the global campaign for International #GirlsinICT Day, celebrated on 25 April 2024.

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