Celebrate International Girls in ICT Day

Nowadays, there is a shortage of skilled workers in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field, which makes it a priority for schools, Ministries of Education and also European policy makers to put a stronger focus on empowering children and young people to take an interest in ICT-related subjects and to study towards a career in the field.

Moreover, there is a significant gap between men and women who actually graduate in technology and work in ICT. In a 2013 press release, the European Commission stated that "in Europe out of 1,000 women university graduates only 29 are in tech and 4 work in the sector". This makes it clear that more efforts are needed to boost the interest of women in tech careers.
 
This year, the International Girls in ICT Day, which is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of every April, falls on 28 April. The day sees events, campaigns and workshops being organised around the globe to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. These events can have a major impact on reaching out to girls and women and ensuring that they are made aware of the opportunities and benefits that a career in ICT has for their future. To learn more about events taking place in your country, you can check out the map on the Girls in ICT website.
 
The Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) works with children and young people to develop digital skills to help keep them safe when using online digital technology. Every year, a European Youth panel is brought together to discuss internet issues among young people. In 2015, 16 young people from 13 European countries had the opportunity to experiment with technology and become creators in a Makerspace. The publication they drafted stands proof that technology is fun!
 

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