UN: ITU stresses need to promote technology careers for women

New York, US (PANA) - On Girls in ICT Day marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April,
the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is highlighting the need to promote
technology career opportunities for girls and women in the world’s fastest growing sector.

ITU estimates a skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the information and communication
technology (ICT) sector within the next five years.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, ITU said girls and young women who learn
coding, apps development and computer science will not only be well-placed for a successful
career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students
in just about any other field they might choose to pursue.

"Girls in ICT Day reminds us that ICTs help to improve the lives of people everywhere –
through better health care, better environmental management, better communications, and
better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn," said ITU
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

He stated: "ICT professionals work on some of the most exciting projects imaginable, Girls
with ICT skills can expect to earn good salaries and enjoy plenty of career opportunities."

According to the UN agency, the Day serves to inspire both government and the private
sector to find ways to equip girls and young women with the skills they need to become ICT

Also, Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, which
leads the global Girls in ICT Day campaign, said: "Empowering girls to choose a career in
ICTs is not just good for girls and their families, it can be a major accelerator of
socio-economic development at the national level."

He noted that, by 2015, annual Girls in ICT Day events had reached an estimated 177,000
girls around the world through over 5,300 events in more than 150 countries, ITU is
expecting these numbers to increase in the 2016 celebration, with events organized by
ITU member states, ITU Sector Members including Cisco, Ericsson, GSMA, Microsoft and
Oracle, as well as universities worldwide.

The agency is also said it was highlighting the stories of women role models, such as
Chali Tumelo, ITU Representative for Southern Africa, who says she is inspired by the
challenges of the evolving industry.
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