International day of Girls in ICT
Girls in ICT Day is celebrated across the globe on April 28 every year. The day was adopted by the United Nations, to recognize the critical role girls have to play in ICT and also make room for equal access and participation for girls in STEM fields.
This year is themed Access and Safety. This theme emphasizes the need for safe and reliable access to internet and digital tools for girls and young women to thrive in STEM careers, and as the world continues to face the COVID-19 global health emergency, it is more important now than ever.
There is a substantial divide between girls and boys in internet access and use today. In 2019, the proportion of women using the internet globally was 48 percent, compared to 58 percent of men.
This year’s theme aims to develop solutions and ideas for lowering barriers to access and improving online safety for girls and young women in ICT.
International Girls in ICT Day is a UN initiative and global movement to promote the exciting career opportunities awaiting girls and young women in the tech sector.
ICT jobs have no gender, hence, let’s encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM education.
FAME Foundation calls on individuals, government agencies, civil society organizations, and international organizations to collectively invest, encourage and empower girls and young women to actively pursue careers in STEM, alongside providing access and safety in ICT, for girls, especially those in grassroots and underserved communities.