Celebrating Girls in ICT Day

Posted by Karen Glocer
April 25, 2013
Mission Geneva Collaborates With ITU To Celebrate Girls in ICT Day

On April 25, we celebrate Girls in ICT Day, established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2010 to inspire girls to consider a career in technology. Women are half the world's population and half the world's talent, but there's a persistent gender gap in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.

As a first tour economic officer with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, I'm thrilled to be able to use my background to contribute to the ITU program celebrating International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Today, I taught 27 girls of ages between 13 and 17 the basics of programming in python, an intuitive, but powerful programming language that is widely used by software companies, research scientists, engineers, and universities. My goal was to introduce the girls to the world of programming, demystify code, and open their eyes to the possibilities offered by a career in ICT. As I walked them through their first program, they showed a great deal of enthusiasm, and I could see their confidence building as they learned to code.

The way the workshop warmed the students up to programming reminded me of how I became a scientist. I wasn't passionate about science when I started college, but in my freshman year at Dartmouth I signed up for an introductory physics course. Once they noticed my involvement, the college's Women in Science Program helped me get a job in a plasma physics laboratory. More than anything else, it was my small successes in that laboratory that convinced me I could succeed in science. With this in mind, I worked with ITU to plan a series of technical workshops designed to give girls hands-on experience in programming computers, making films, designing mobile phone applications, and managing satellites.

From the Department of State's TechWomen program, an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide, to U.S.-Brazil cooperation and exchanges with women scientists, the Department of State is working on multiple fronts to strengthen women and girls' access to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Girls will be more likely to pursue careers in ICT if they believe they can succeed. The research shows that hearing the right policy message is an important factor, but the best way for a girl to build confidence is to try a technical project and succeed at it. I hope my programming workshop has convinced a small group of the next generation of women that they can succeed in ICT as well.

Comments

Comments

John E.
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Brazil
April 26, 2013

John E. in Brazil writes:

Excellent outreach endeavor, and one that will pay off for the next generation of women in the high tech fields!

Birchandra L.
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Nepal
April 29, 2013

Bir Chandra L. in Nepal writes:

Respected Sir/Madam,

Warmest Greetings!

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to your office our Service motive organization Active Sports Council (ASC).

It’s our organization goal to raise the sports sector of our country. Therefore we are trying our best to uplift the standard of sports in our country and to give opportunities to those valuable players who are seeking for it in their career. Our organization has taken part in different tournament organized in our country as a club and team; recently it had taken part in Buffalo Football Cup with new freshmen in the team. From 2010 it is taking part in C-Qualifying National Football Tournament. Since, this tournament is coming very near and still until now we have not supporter, we are seeking for active sponsors for this tournament.

In this tournament we are giving chance to many new players, so, we kindly request you to sponsor us as possible for this up coming national tournament. We expect you will surely help us. You can even materially contribute us.

As a valuable sponsor, your organization name or logo will be highlighted on the material like jersey.

We appreciate you for considering our proposal of sponsorship. For further information, please contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Bir Chandra L.
Chief Secretary
Active Sports Council

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