In November last year, I blogged about why ICT for women and girls in engineering matters. This year, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General is announcing the international “Girls in ICT Day.” He states:
“As the leading specialized agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies (ICTs), ITU looks towards its Members to harness the catalytic role of ICTs in creating far-reaching opportunities for women and girls by eliminating gender disparities and empowering them to meet their goals and aspirations. I call upon all stakeholders (including policy makers, regulators, operators and industry) to adopt policies and strategies that will promote ICT opportunities for women and girls.
Women are the bedrock of our societies. They are the pillars of strength in every family and community. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched. Women and girls are denied access to basic health care and education and to equal opportunities at work. They face segregation in economic, political and social decision-making and often suffer violence and discrimination.
This situation is unacceptable and must be addressed with all the means available to us.”
Aprii 26 2012 will mark a celebration of Girls and Women in ICT and Cisco is certainly ramping up globally to be part of that celebration. ITU members will be hosting events around the world “where girls and young women are invited to ICT companies and government agencies to appreciate the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.”
Check out the fantastic women and girls featured at the ITU Girls in ICT portal:
So where will you be on April 26 2012?
I can say: “Geek is Chic!”