April 19, 2021
Let’s Celebrate International Girls in ICT Day
NO MEN ALLOWED…..This is a post just for the girls.
International Girls in ICT Day.
Girls, did you know that on April 22nd it’s International Girls in ICT Day?
International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 4th Thursday in April. The day was initiated by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) with an aim to empower girls and young women in terms of education and careers in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
For a long time, unfortunately, it’s been believed (and some people actually still do believe it!!!) that men are better at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) disciplines, whereas disciplines such as humanities and social sciences are more a “female” field.
Although there is no scientific evidence for this belief, stereotypes on gender still impede the career growth of women in technical fields, including ICT.
Here come the girls!
Digital Skills are needed more and more by an increasing number of employees in various fields, ICT is one of the most promising fields for career growth. Unfortunately, due to gender stereotypes that have persisted for hundreds of years, the number of female technical students is disproportionately low, and many employers still to this day in technical fields would choose a man over a woman, even if her qualifications are identical to those of her male counterpart or even better.
Combat Gender Stereotypes
International Girls in ICT Day was established in order to combat gender stereotypes and provide girls around the world with an opportunity to get technical education and pursue a career in ICT. Today, government agencies and companies around the world experience a lack of young women participating in ICT studies, and most senior positions in the industry are held by men, while women usually hold low-level, low-skilled jobs, and their promotion is limited by the so-called “glass ceiling”.
International Girls in ICT Day
On the occasion of International Girls in ICT Day, GBS Apprenticeships along with Cisco will hold various events, Get into Coding with a Live Cisco Facebook session, learn more about Cyber Security and get a Digital Badge to show off on your CV and Social Media platforms, Blogs and posts from Women in ICT.
These events and campaigns aim to show girls and young women that there are endless career opportunities in the ICT field and to encourage YOU to choose a profession based on YOUR inclinations and talents, rather than gender stereotypes and other people’s expectations.
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