International Girls in ICT Day

We are excited to be celebrating International Girls in ICT Day today!

The fourth Thursday in April is International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative set up by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  ITU want to use this day to raise global awareness of women working in information and communication technologies (ICT) and to encourage the next generation of young women and girls to consider studies and/or careers in ICT.

Many of us can see the impact that the rapid development of ICT has had on our lives: we can shop, bank, and study online and we can communicate with friends, family and colleagues all over the world at the push of a button.  However, not everyone has access to this technology.

Providing access to ICT equipment and opportunities for ICT education is particularly close to our heart here at the Ann Foundation. 

In April 2015, the Ann Foundation inaugurated a new computer centre at the Khadijatul Kubra Girls Mission (KKGM), an all-girls educational institution in West Bengal, India.  We donated five desktop computers to the KKGM, providing 147 girls with access to computer classes as well as providing English language lessons remotely via the internet.

The Ann Foundation believes that access to technology is one way to address some of the gaps in educational provision in less economically developed countries.  Often, these gaps disproportionately impact women and girls, and the Ann Foundation is passionate about finding solutions to this issue.

Supporting the education of women and girls in the ICT sector is also an important part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (a list of 17 global goals that aim to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030).  Sustainable Development Goal 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, including through technology.

On this International Girls in ICT Day 2020, let’s remember that equality in industry and in the workforce starts with educational equality.  The Ann Foundation is proud to have been involved with supporting girls in ICT in the past, and looks forward to doing so again in the future.

How can you help out your favourite charity during Covid-19?

It is vital during this difficult time that we all follow the advice of our governments (wherever in the world you might be) and stay home, respect social distancing guidelines, and keep safe.

However, it is still possible for you to help out with your favourite charities remotely during lockdown (although it is tempting to try and watch everything on Netflix!).

This is a really tough time for everyone right now, but charities (especially the smaller ones) are likely to be in a particularly difficult position.  Charities are still working hard to continue to support their beneficiaries, who are among the most vulnerable people in society.

Here are a couple of ideas of how you can help out from the comfort of your sofa – comment below if you think of any we’ve missed!

1. Promote their good work on social media

We’re probably all spending more time on social media than usual right now, and your favourite charities can definitely benefit from our increased screen time.

Use whatever social media channel you choose to re-tweet / re-post items from charities’ own accounts.  This helps to spread their message and let more people know about the excellent work that is still going on

2. Donate (if you can) and encourage others to do the same

Whether it’s by running a 5K and nominating others to do the same (for UK readers, the ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ challenge is a great way to raise money for the NHS) or simply donating a little bit to your favourite charity, every little helps.

Many people are worried about finances right now and there is a lot of uncertainty for many jobs and industries.  Understandably, donating may not be the right thing for you at the moment, which is totally fine.

3. Volunteer online

Even before the Covid-19 crisis, many charities look for volunteers to help remotely with blog writing, social media, administration, befriending services etc.

Many charities will advertise for volunteer positions via their website – it’s definitely worth a look.

Speaking of volunteering, the Ann Foundation is currently looking for volunteer English teachers (to teach English online to children in India) and to help with curriculum development.  We’re also looking for someone to help with social media!  If any of this sounds interesting to you, drop us an email at info@annfoundation.org