Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has underscored the importance of supporting International Girls in ICT Day (#GirlsInICT), an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), aimed at creating global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs.
The Day is also reserved for events enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. And for Nigeria Computer Society, the #GirlsInICT day provides opportunities to raise critical issues that will assist in closing the digital gender gap
Speaking on the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS’) expectation on the day, Jide Awe: Chairman, Publicity, Events and Trade Services Committee, said that the Body looks forward to April 27 – “which will be a day of events, engagement, capacity building and activities geared towards encouraging and empowering girls and young women to consider tech careers
He said that in a vital sector that is so male dominated, sustainability SDGs requires the ideas and contribution of women in the tech sector
He said that NCS joins the ITU Secretary General to invite Sector Members, Associates and Academia to organize events attracting as many girls and young women as possible. Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are all encouraged to join the global effort and celebrate International Girls in ICT Day.
To date, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 7,200 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 160 countries worldwide.
Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls forms United Nations (UN’s) SDGoal five (5).