Empowering the next generation of women in ICT

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, we celebrate International Girls in ICT Day, a global observance initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), aiming to "create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls to consider studies and careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICT)".

As highlighted by Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, "information and communication technologies are at the heart of the response to the unprecedented crisis we are facing. From teleworking and e-commerce, to telemedicine and remote learning, digital technologies have proved a key ally in helping tackle COVID-19. They have kept people safe, productive and connected as the world grinds to a halt".

This observation was echoed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to which "this pandemic has triggered an unprecedented demand for digital health technology solutions and has revealed successful solutions such as for population screening, tracking the infection, prioritizing the use and allocation of resources, and designing targeted responses."

For this edition of Girls in ICT Day, the ITU did not let the global lockdown measures discourage them, instead encouraging partners to transform their celebrations into online events. A World tour of Girls in ICT Day celebrations highlight will ensure that these are given proper visibility online. Besides, from 14:00 to 15:30 (Geneva time), the ITU will hold an online dialogue on "Girls in ICT: Inspiring the Next Generation", aiming to "highlight the importance of governments' engagement in empowering women through technology". Find out how to participate on the ITU's website.

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

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