Girls in Asia Pacific ICT Day 2014: A Wrap-up
IDC has reported that there will be a shortage of 400,000 jobs by 2016 in the Asia-Pacific region alone. Meanwhile, women are said to comprise less than a third of workers in the computer science, engineering and physics fields in the world’s emerging economies, according to a report by Women in Global Science & Technology. The logic is simple, we need to attract more women into IT, and importantly we need to equip these women with the support they need to have a successful career in IT.
Speaking as a female Cisco employee who majored in math in college, I can attest to the passion within the organisation to ensure females are no longer underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
We believe that the key to shifting mindsets about entering STEM fields is by providing females with a “sense of belonging“. This is why we continue to take a leading role in the advancement of women in IT, as demonstrated by Cisco participating once again in the Girls in ICT Day – an international event organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The idea behind Girls in ICT Day is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the IT industry.
Last month, girls and university students had the opportunity to hear from a range of female industry leaders at Cisco and the wider IT industry in the Asia Pacific region. The aim of the day was to inspire and motivate the young women for their future careers in IT. There were some exciting stories shared and useful content for girls looking to emulate the success of today’s women in ICT careers.
Participants were also able to engage with Cisco technologies, including collaboration platforms such as Cisco TelePresence, to interact with other girls participating across the region.
In total, Girls in ICT Day 2014 achieved the following:
- 670 girls reached in total for Girls in ICT Day
- 449 girls reached in person
- 196 girls reached virtually via Cisco WebEx and other Cisco collaboration tools
- Attendees from 14 countries and 17 different cities across Asia-Pacific
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