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Digital Literacy is top priority for International Girls In ICT Day 2014!

The International Girls in ICT Day is being celebrated globally this year today, on 24 April 2014. The purpose of celebrating the International Girls in ICT Day is an effort to provide an opportunity to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs.

On the occasion of #GirlsInICT Day 2014, EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes has released a video urging women to take part in the campaign digitally. Here is a summary of her Video message:

Speaking about the importance of digital tools that are taking over our world, Neelie Kroes stresses on how important it is for women and girls to take advantage of the unlimited potential these tools offer and the limitless opportunities and achievements it can help provide. “This is a cool new opportunity for every woman too. Working in tech is also exciting, rewarding and great fun! Learning to program or code is a new life opportunity. In the digital age, it is like knowing how to read, write or do maths. Whatever your dreams are, digital skills will help you achieve your dreams and it is also increases chances for you to get employed,” Ms. Kroes said.

Speaking about how digital literacy can be achieved and what women and girls can do to achieve this is by learning new skills. Everyone should learn to programme or to code. Ms. Kroes is of the opinion that digital skills should be taught in schools. She also urged women working in Tech to step forward and be role models for girls and young women.
“I know role models matter to young people. Young women- just like young men- are inspired and empowered by the people they see around them. From successful super-entrepreneurs who just happen to be women. To the cool neighbor or family friend working for a tech start-up. This is the key to unlock our talent.” Neelie Kroes added.

If you are a woman in Tech-or if you have a story to tell about women in tech-then share it! Make a video and post it to the Facebook page of Every Girl Digital so that others can learn from your experience and be inspired!

The Girls in ICT initiative at ITU is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The International Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April each year. The force behind this initiative is the radical changes in the ICT sector and consequently, the job market which has opened doors to new employment opportunities. Given the number of women in ICTs, it is important to encourage girls and young women to consider ICT studies and careers. Raising awareness about it will increase interest in opportunities for using creativity and intuition in fields like software application design, digital media, and social and mobile applications. It will help to fulfill an important dimension of the corporate social responsibility as well as be in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 3 to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Anita Muhanguzi's picture

This is so true

We need to make sure that these opportunities reach the grass root women and girls who have many stories to share with the world. Thank you Gill for this great article and we should all join in to ensure that there are many creative opportunities for women and girls. We shall continue with the struggle. God bless.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Iffat Gill's picture

Hi Anita, Thank you for your

Hi Anita,

Thank you for your comment. I agree, outreach to women and girls at gras-root level is a huge challenge and we just need to share opportunities from our respective platforms. Please feel free to share it with your networks and contacts.

Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

susa's picture

A way forward

Thank you for describing so concisely the importance of digital literacy for young women in today's world. The more we can do to help young women see the empowering aspects of embracing technology, the better! I applaud what you are doing to spread the word and join the campaign for digital empowerment.
All the best,
Susa

Iffat Gill's picture

Dear Susa, Thank you for

Dear Susa,

Thank you for taking time to read and comment. Yes, we need more girls and women in Tech and more girls joining the workforce around the globe and improve their lives. We need to raise awareness about the issue at every relevant platform to see bigger impact and greater results.

Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

zsingwane's picture

GIRLS WORLD WIDE

GIRLS WORLD WIDE SHOULD SEE THIS AS A VERY INTERESTING OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE AND ALSO BECOME ROLE MODELS FOR OTHER GIRLS OUT THERE, A NUMBER OF BOYS FROM MY VILLAGE TALKED ABOUT ICT AND HOW IT IS INTERESTING TO GO THERE BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE IT'S A BOY THING ONLY TO PARTAKE IN TECHNOLOGICAL PRACTICES.THANK YOU GUYS FOR BRINGING THIS UP.....WE NEED TO STAND UP SHOW THE BOYS THAT WE CAN ALSO DO IT.

Dear Iffat,

Thank you for your very well written post about International Girls in ICT day. It is important that we spread the word about the opportunities for girls and women in technology. Continue the good work!

In hope and peace,
Ann Fishburn

Iffat Gill's picture

Hi Ann, Thanks for

Hi Ann,

Thanks for reading!
Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

binapatel33's picture

Great Job

Thank you for posting such a great article! This was very interesting and a great opportunity!

Bina

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC
www.hcmediate.com

Iffat Gill's picture

Thanks for reading my piece

Thanks for reading my piece Bina!

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

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