Celebration of International Girls in ICT Day on April 26
What is International Girls in ICT Day?
International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. This year, International Girls in ICT day was held on 26 April 2012.
Who organizes Girls in ICT Day events?
Ministries of Communication, Education, National Regulatory Authorities, private sector companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies and NGOs can organize local, national or regional events on 26 April 2012. The ITU Secretary General has encouraged all ITU Member States and Sector Members to consider organizing a national or local event on 26 April 2012 in his World Telecommunication Information Society Day letter and its Call for Action. See the Secretary General’s Circular Letter and Call for Action here:
If interested countries would like to see how one country organized their first Girls in ICT Day event last year, here is a video about the Republic of Serbia’s 2011 event. Information about Serbia’s experience is posted on the ITU Girls in ICT Portal as well under the Events section.
Why do we need a Girls in ICT Day?
Globally, it is estimated that the world shortfall in skilled ICT professionals exceeds two million. Despite the obvious benefits, many girls never even consider a career in ICTs.
The ICT sector remains a growing sector for employment, and a key economic factor underpinning both national and international development in both developed and developing countries. Many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet the growing demand.
At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector.
This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them in both developed and developing countries. The need for qualified professionals in developing countries worldwide should come as no surprise, considering the rate of ICT growth in developing countries. The BDT Thematic Report: A Bright Future in ICTs: Opportunities for a New Generation of Women includes more information and will be published soon on the Girls in ICT Portal.