International Girls in ICT Day

International Girls in Information and Communications Technology Day 2020

Today is International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day. Girls in ICT Day takes place on the fourth Thursday of April every year on International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s initiative. The ITU has its headquarters in Geneva.

This day aims at promoting girls and young women’s access to information and communications technologies and encouraging them to pursue studies and careers in the growing field of ICT. Girls in ICT Day is also an opportunity to remind technology companies that an increasing participation of women in this field is good for business.

To know more about International Girls in ICT Day: www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Digital-Inclus...

Bridging the gender digital divide

Because of stereotypes, misconceptions and discrimination, women are underrepresented in the ICT sector and are more likely to be digitally illiterate. Bridging the gender digital divide means effectively working towards women’s empowerment and gender equality in areas such as education, employment, economic parity and general well-being.

International Girls in ICT Day is in conformity with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be delivered by 2030, especially:

• SDG 5 related to gender equality, notably to “enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women”;
• And SDG 9 related to industries, innovation and infrastructure.

To know more about Sustainable Development Goals: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Furthermore, International Girls in ICT Day contributes to the EQUALS initiative. Founded by the ITU and partners in 2016, EQUALS is working to close the digital gender divide.

To know more about EQUALS: www.equals.org/

France supports ITU’s action to promote and achieve digital equality

France supports the action of International Telecommunication Union and Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, to promote women’s participation in technical fields and achieve digital gender equality.

France is very committed to gender-related matters, both at the national and global levels. France fully supports initiatives in this field.

The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador François Rivasseau, is a Gender Champion. As such, he regularly makes commitments to promote gender equality.

To know more about International Gender Champions: http://genderchampions.com/

Last updated on: 23 April 2020