International Girls in ICT Day celebrated around the globe
Annual day promotes career opportunities for young women to become ICT creators
Geneva, 24 April 2014 – Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’, an awareness-raising initiative designed to promote tech careers to a new generation of girls with an interest in becoming ICT creators. ITU salutes the hundreds of organizers who are taking part in this global movement to ensure women are prepared to become the tech creators of tomorrow.
The day has been gaining huge momentum around the world, with thousands of events organized in over 120 countries since its inception in 2010. Facebook posts, tweets and emails continue to pour into ITU today highlighting the many exciting events being held in 2014. ITU will issue more detailed information and post pictures and videos about all the events on the Girls in ICT Portal.
Girls in ICT Day celebrations already began last week, with events organized at ITU Headquarters in Geneva and by Cisco and the ITU Arab States Regional Office. ITU Sector Member Ericsson announced plans to support Girls in ICT Day events around the world, while Sector Member Microsoft held its second annual Pink Cloud event in Italy this week. ITU Regional Offices around the world also organized events today, including the ITU Regional Office in Africa which supports the events of non-governmental organizations across the continent. Germany got an early start with its 14th annual “Girls Day” on 27 March with some 500 ICT related events for 6,000 interested girls.