International Girls in ICT Day 2021

Thursday, 22 April 2021 is the International Girls in ICT Day. This global initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) aims at raising awareness of empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider careers and studies in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Date 2021-04-22 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic cyberbullying Audience parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals

This year’s theme will be “Connected Girls; Creating Brighter Futures”. Once again, it will be a virtual event available in all UN official languages. It will see the participation of 19 panellists, including representatives from international organisations, non-governmental organisations, governments, and the private sector to discuss efforts and solutions to fill the digital gender gap and the female underrepresentation among performers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for a more inclusive and equal access to ICTs for girls and women.

This year’s edition is particularly significant as it marks the tenth anniversary of Girls in ICT Day. To properly celebrate the occasion, the ITU has launched a series of online events focusing on “10 Moments of Girls in ICT” that will be held all year long. The International Girls in ICT Day represents the third moment: dialogue and conversation.

This milestone reaffirms the ITU and its partners’ commitment to the cause, because, as Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, states, “by giving girls the tools to explore the world of tech with curiosity and imagination, we can stimulate innovations that use ICT to solve some of the biggest challenges of our times”.

Better Internet for Kids supports the Girls in ICT Day agenda and strongly believes that the first step to reducing the gender gap in STEM and ICT careers is to address the gender-specific online risks which girls and young women encounter in the digital environment. If you are interested in the topic, we recommend having a look at the following resources:

Learn more on International Girls in ICT Day on the ITU’s website and keep an eye on #GirlsinICT on social media.

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