Globally, the gender internet gap stands at 12%, in the world’s least developed countries, the gap widens to 31 per cent. Today marks the International Girls in ICT to celebrate and highlight the value of women in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) and also to attract more girls to the increasing career opportunities of this expanding field.
The technology sector is one of the fastest growing industries globally, but experiencing skills gap. The sector holds enormous opportunities for women with the requisite skills. But stereotypes and discrimination continue to deprive girls of the chance to excel in this field.
International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), which aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.