The International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of April. This year it is being observed on 23 April 2020 based on the theme ‘Expand horizons, change attitudes’.Key Points:
i.The day aims to create a global environment that encourages & empowers girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the path-breaking field of information and communication technologies (ICT).
ii.This year it was celebrated by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) virtually via hosting webinars & an online dialogue “Girls in ICT: Inspiring the Next Generation” due to the discouragement of social gatherings brought about by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
iii.The initiative of this day is being backed by the ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Dubai, 2018), which calls for all ITU members to celebrate the day.
iv.As per the United Nations (UN), Supporting the education of women and girls in the ICTs is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG-5, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through, among other domains, ICTs.
About International Telecommunication Union (ITU):
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary-General– Houlin Zhao