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.