April 24th is International Girls in ICT day, and technical enterprises, universities and research centers around the world will be hosting events to raise awareness and inspire young women and girls around opportunities in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The initiative is backed by ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) in an effort to create a global environment that encourages young women and girls to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs. Since 2010, ITU has celebrated International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of April each year, and almost 2700 events in 121 countries have taken place—empowering over 70,000 young women around the world.
Both private and public sector organizations are encouraged to create their own events tailored to local context and means to join in on the initiative. It can be nationwide events in schools or ICT companies; a series of regional or local events; or initiatives reaching small groups of girls or hundreds. Activities in the past have included:
- Fun and instructive “open days” for young girls at an ICT company, government agency, or any ICT-related institution
- “Women in ICT career days” at local schools with guest speakers
- Inviting women role models in ICT sector to share their experiences
- Running contests, offering prizes and awards
- “Hands on” experiences for young girls such as developing a mobile app
- Career fairs
- Mentoring and shadowing programs
The Girls in ICT Portal hosts valuable resources for support in getting started, as well as tips for promoting events and connecting to the global effort. Interested organizations are encouraged to consult the Girls in ICT Toolkit.
Please contact ITU at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and coordination.