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International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April (25 April, 2019) to help bridge the gender digital divide.

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In 2019, ITU will celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The day aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs,​enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative backed by all International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70.

Hundreds of events are planned worldwide aimed at inspiring a new generation of girls to explore the exciting opportunities offered by a career in information and communication technology (ICT).

It says the special focus on Africa recognises the enormous potential for leveraging ICT to drive economic growth and development, and accelerate progress towards all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The selected region (Ethiopia) has the lowest rate of Internet penetration, the African region has the widest digital gender gap in the world with only 18.6% of women using the Internet, compared with 24.9% of men, ITU notes.

The ITU Secretary General invites ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academia to organize events attracting as many girls and young women as possible.

This event is following since 2010. Over 357,000 girls and young women have already taken part in more than 11,100 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 171 countries worldwide.​

Government ministries, national ICT regulatory authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, UN agencies, and NGOs around the world are all encouraged to join the global effort and ​​celebrate International Girls in ICT Day.

Why it’s being celebrated?

The number of female technical students is disproportionately low.​
Also, the ICT sector is currently male dominated, especially at senior levels. Where women are present, it is often in low-level, low-skilled jobs.

ICT companies are looking to attract and promote women because achieving greater workforce diversity is good for business.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU):

  • ITU estimates that within the next 10 years, there will be more than two million technology jobs that cannot be filled because of a lack of digital specialists.
  • ITU is the United Nation’s specialised agencyfor information and communication technologies (ICTs).
  • Members:193 countries + 800 private-sector entities and academic institutions.
  • HQ:Geneva, Switzerland.
  • ITU is responsible for allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits.
  • It also develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies to seamlessly interconnect.
  • It also strives to improve access to ICTs among the underserved communities worldwide.

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