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25 April 2013 was “Girls in ICT Day,” an ITU initiative which occurs on the 4th Thursday of April every year. (Here’s the ITU’s press release: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/15.aspx)

The event aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology. This year the European Commission, European Parliament and the International Telecommunication Union are joining forces to ensure the maximum visibility for advancing the cause of getting more women into technology, in particular ICT jobs.

On the evening of the 24th WiTT co-hosted an event at Campus London with Google’s women@campus and Hackney MP Meg Hillier. The evening brought together women of achievement in the technology sector with local female sixth formers from schools in Hackney. The main goal of the event was to help equip young women from Hackney with the networking skills they need to pursue their career goals and enable them to meet inspiring women in interesting careers so that they could learn what options are open to them. We were also thrilled to have Belinda Parmar of Lady Geek say a few words about women in technology and her Little Miss Geek campaign.

Here are a few pictures from our event:

 

 

 

 

And here is from the ITU Secretary-General on the occasion of Girls in ICT Day 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qonou7260SU&feature=share&list=PLDDD2E4F143C930A4

Please also find below a press release from the European Commission about Girls in ICT. You can also join the discussion on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter (#girlsdigital) and share examples of innovative solutions which aim at getting more girls and women into ICT jobs!

For more information please see: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/girls-ict-day

Press release
Wanted: more women in digital jobs. European Commission supports global Girls in ICT Day

European Commission

MEMO

Brussels, 25 April 2013

Wanted: more women in digital jobs. European Commission supports global Girls in ICT Day

How can we encourage more young female tech talent into digital jobs? The European Commission, European Parliament and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are coming together on Girls in ICT Day (25 April) to find new ways of encouraging girls to take up careers in ICT and to show them the opportunities on offer.

7 million people work in the information and communication (ICT) sector in Europe. Out of the ICT workforce, only 30% are women.

The ICT sector is rapidly growing, creating around 120 000 new jobs every year
There will be up to 900,000 unfilled ICT-related vacancies in 2015.

Of every thousand women with a bachelor’s degree in Europe, only twenty nine hold a degree in IT.
Out of those twenty nine, only four work in the ICT sector.

These issues will be explored in depth at a European Parliament hearing organised by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. On the agenda: the stereotypical portrayal of girls and women in the media, industry’s responsibility for driving change in the ICT sector, digital skills, and the business case for getting more women to work in ICT. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, will share her views alongside speakers from the digital and tech sectors.

Girls in ICT Day complements the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs (IP/13/182), the Commission’s partnership with Europe’s digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to boost digital jobs and training. It is also part of the Commission’s wider efforts to attract young women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematic subjects and into research careers. Girls in ICT Day is an ITU initiative that has been held annually since 2010 around the world. It is one element of ITU’s on-going Tech Needs Girls campaign.

In Brussels, Girls in ICT Day starts with DigitaLive, workshops showcasing digital and tech jobs as an attractive career choice for young women. Topics range from the technology behind DJing to building robots, designing mobile apps and imagining digital futures as far ahead as 2050.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, together with Céline Fremault, Minister for Scientific Research of the Brussels-Capital Region, will visit the workshops and talk to school students from the Brussels area about the opportunities which digital and tech jobs can offer.

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