In Focus: International Girls in ICT Day

More than 80 girls from acrossAfrica came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for training in coding. The project is being implemented by UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) sponsored by the Danish government.  UN Women/Faith Bwibo
Photo: UN Women/Faith Bwibo

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New technologies bring new opportunities

On 25 April, UN Women is joining girls around the world to mark International Girls in ICT Day, drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women in the ICT sector.

With technology playing a role in all kinds of careers, from art and history to law, primary teaching and graphic design, learning tech skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. And, the ICT sector needs more girls and women.

The jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation—65 per cent of children entering primary school today will have jobs that do not yet exist. 

Girls want to learn, they are stepping up to the plate to learn tech skills, and empowering others to join. Girls like 16-year-old Jakomba, who has started a robotics club at her school in the Gambia; Nino, who arranges hackathons for young girls in Georgia; and Eno, who built a drone at a coding camp in Ethiopia.

Keep reading to learn more about how UN Women is working to empower girls in tech and close the digital gender gap.

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Celebrate #GirlsinICT Day on social media!

  • Empower the next generation by sharing who your favourite women in technology are, using the official hashtag: #GirlsinICT
  • For International Girls in ICT Day, show the world that young girls need to be a part of the technology revolution, whether that be on social media, in the classroom, or in the workplace.
  • Tune into our Facebook Live with Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and international bestselling author, on 25 April at 10 AM EDT.
  • Follow our accounts for live coverage from UN Women events and share content from our social media package, packed with images, GIFs, videos and sample messages in English, Spanish and French, available here.

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