International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated worldwide every year on the fourth Thursday of April (28 April 2022). Girls in ICT Day provides an opportunity for girls and young women to see and be exposed to the benefit of ICT in enabling their career and aspiration. To date, over 377,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 11,400 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 171 countries worldwide.
The Girls in ICT works to cultivate the presence and digital skills of young women and girls [aged 12-24] in the career field of STEM, particularly ICTs. Given the success of this initiative each year, ITU will continue the efforts to promote Girls in ICT not solely on one day of the year, but throughout the year with 2022 marking a launching point for a new model of Girls in ICT year-long activities.
Girls in ICT activities will follow the 2022 theme of “Access and Safety.” According to ITU’s latest data, the proportion of women using the Internet globally amounts to 48 per cent, compared to 55 per cent of men. In relative terms, this means that the global Internet use gender gap stands at 12.5 per cent. If women are unable to access the internet and feel unsafe online, they are unable to develop digital skills and participate in digital spaces, diminishing their opportunities to pursue a career in STEM fields.
To celebrate the international day in 2022, there will be a High-Level Panel organized by ITU headquarters within the framework of the WSIS – World Summit on the Information Society – Forum 2022. There is also the objective of having a regional event in all 6 regions to celebrate the day possibly within the 24 Hours. Regional events on April 28th is organized in coordination with the regional Networks of Women for World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC). The audience for the event will be young girls and women identified through regional connections
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Check out participating countries in the region
- Girls in ICT Day Indonesia
- Girls in ICT Day Malaysia
- Girls in ICT Day Thailand