Girls in ICT Day @ITU HQ, 28 April 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
The Geneva celebration of Girls in ICT Day was held on 28 April 2016 at ITU Headquarters in the heart of Geneva.
ITU's Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness among girls and young women about the importance of digital skills for a successful professional career in all sectors and encouraging them to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies (ICT).
It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April and since 2011, over 177,000 girls and young women have taken part in 5,300 Girls in ICT Day celebrations in 150+ countries worldwide.
In collaboration with Expanding Your Horizons (a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing STEM experiences to middle and high school girls interested in STEM activities and careers), schools from Geneva have been actively involved in organizing their own hands-on workshops for inspiring local school girls to become ICT creators with the support of experts from ITU, UNOSAT, Futurekids and Techspark Academy.
On 28 April, the girls participating in the school workshops werre invited to the ITU HQ for a half day celebration where they had the opportunity to present their work and what they learned during the workshops to the ITU officials, the diplomatic community, ITU Staff and ITU Delegates.
During the ceremony, we were honored with the presence of ITU Deputy Secretary-General Mr Malcolm Johnson as well as Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative of the United States of America. You can have access to their Opening Ceremony Speeches by clicking on these two links: ITU DSG Malcolm Johnson speech.pdf |Ambassador Hemamoto speech.pdf