RightsTech Women celebrates Girls in ICT Day 2019

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has introduced 25 April as the Day of Girls in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The aim is to encourage and empower girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs.

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Estimates show that by 2020 there will be a shortage of at least 2 million ICT employees worldwide. At the same time, only 8% of American STEM graduates have a degree in computer science, when almost 60% of STEM jobs are in ICT.

 

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

– said Carl Sagan, famous American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and science popularizer. The goal of Girls in ICT Day is to change that by increasing the active participation of girls and women in STEM fields.

There are many great opportunities to study and later on work within ICT as a developer, researcher or entrepreneur. RightsTech Women encourages more girls to jump on board the fast-expanding and exciting area of ICT. One first step in this direction can be to take an active part in the Girls in ICT Day. Therefore, RTW has joined forces with CERN in offering free workshops in robotics and computing for girls aged 6 to 14. Beginners are welcome and no equipment is needed from participants. The workshops will take place on Thursday, 25 April 2019 at the CERN Globe. Interested participants need to register in advance and choose between the two offered time slots, 09h00-11h00 or 14h00-16h00.

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Studying and working with ICT is about creativity, collaboration and fun! So join RightsTech Women in celebrating Girls in ICT Day. To find more information on the ITU Girls in ICT, check ITU’s official website: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Digital-Inclusion/Women-and-Girls/Girls-in-ICT-Portal/Pages/Portal.aspx

To read more about the event at CERN, check its local communication website:
https://voisins.cern/en/offre/girls-ict-day

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