International Girls in ICT Day
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April to encourage and inspire girls and women to pursue careers in information and communications technology (ICT). The day was established by the United Nations in 2010 in recognition of the need to increase the participation of women in the ICT workforce.
ICT is a rapidly growing field that offers many opportunities for women. ICT professionals are in high demand, and they can find jobs in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, education, business, and government. ICT careers are also well-paying and offer good job security.
Despite the many opportunities that ICT offers, women are still underrepresented in the field. According to the World Economic Forum, women make up only 26% of the global ICT workforce. Female tech startup founders Women found 20% of tech startups in the world.Female board of director members Only 37% of tech startups have at least one woman on their board of directors.
This gender gap is due to a number of factors, including stereotypes about women’s abilities in science and math, lack of female role models in the ICT industry, and limited access to ICT education and training for girls and young women.
International Girls in ICT Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the gender gap in ICT and to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in this field. On this day, organizations around the world host events and activities to promote ICT education and training for girls, and to connect girls with female role models in the ICT industry.
If you are a girl or young woman who is interested in a career in ICT, there are many resources available to help you get started. You can find information about ICT education and training programs, as well as networking opportunities, on the websites of the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, and other organizations. You can also find role models and mentors by searching for them on social media or by attending events and conferences that are designed to promote women in ICT.
If you are a teacher, parent, or mentor, you can help to close the gender gap in ICT by encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in this field. You can do this by talking to them about the opportunities that ICT offers, by providing them with access to ICT education and training, and by connecting them with female role models in the ICT industry.