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On International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April, join us to celebrate girls in tech, support technology education and skills training, and encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM careers. From creating open-source ventilators in Afghanistan to unifying and amplifying the voices of young activists in Chile, and working to end child marriage in Georgia, here are some girls and young women changemakers who inspire us.
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This 11 February, we’re celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science by highlighting just some of the women and girls around the world who have made tremendous contributions during the ongoing crisis.
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Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old Indian-American scientist, inventor, author and advocate. In 2020, she was named Time Magazine’s first ever Kid of the Year for her work using technology to tackle a range of issues and bringing together young innovators to solve global problems. She recently gave an interview to UN Women in support of the Generation Equality campaign.
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and CEO of Plan international Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen highlights the alarming lack of connectivity girls, women, and marginalized groups continue to face as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved so many aspects of daily life online.
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On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to harness the power of innovation and technology as drivers of change, and work together to empower all women and girls across the science fields. 
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In rural Kyrgyzstan, the first ever Technovation Coding Caravan for girls has taught more than 600 girls the basics of computer programming. Launched in Talas Province, the caravan reached Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Batken, and Osh provinces this spring.
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Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. In 2010, Saujani became the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. In April 2019, Saujani, also a best-selling author, visited UN Women to discuss her work.
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On the sidelines of the African Union Summit, 11 girls from the African Girls can Code Initiative met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to share their experiences and ambitions.
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More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
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The EQUALS Global Partnership is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2018 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Exceptional initiatives that are using the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls across the globe are invited to submit nominations.
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UN Women will announce the appointment of six Champions for Innovation at International Women’s Day commemoration event on 8 March, co-organized by Innovation Norway, SAP and UN Women. The Champions include fashion designer Rachel Roy, actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Zoe Saldana, former NFL player Wade Davis, inventor Joy Mangano and historian Nina Ansary.
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In their joint message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women call on all to tackle gender inequality in the sciences by dismantling the barriers to girls and women, at home, in the classroom and in the workplace.
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On 14 September, UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls.
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UN Women, the UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are partnering to host the first UN Women Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum, a one-day global conference, which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world.
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The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems.
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A chapter on Sustainable Development Goal 5, written by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and originally published in the ITU publication, “Fast forward progress: leveraging tech to achieve the global goals”, launched at the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
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International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year, led by ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology. UN Women joins girls and women around the world on 27 April to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education.
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Equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is founded on the principle of leaving no one behind, including women and girls who continue to be systematically under-represented both as users and as leaders in the science, technology and innovation space.
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Full and equal access to, participation and leadership of women in science technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages has been recognized as an imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls... Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the official UN commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
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Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February