International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage and raise awareness among girls and young women to build their career in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It is also an initiative backed by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) that enlightens women regarding their opportunities in the IT sectors in the global context. The directive of ITU is to set unified standards globally and address issues that are raised with the technological development. It is celebrated on 4th Thursday of April every year. In the context of Nepal, it will be observed on 24th April, 2014 this year.
This day is celebrated worldwide where the organizers find new and innovative ways to raise awareness about the opportunities in ICT sector. Women empowerment is a broad issue and this is one of many ways to emphasize this context globally. In 2013, over 40,000 girls and women participated in the celebration of International Girls in ICT Day in 121 countries worldwide where over 1,500 events were held. It is expected that this event will continue to grow with more than 200 countries participating in organizing events hosted by governments, private sectors and NGOs this year.
ITU established ‘Girls in ICT Day’ in 2010. In the context of Nepal, it was celebrated for the first time in the year of 2013. The event will be hosted in Nepal on 24th April, 2014 in collaboration with Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA), Ministry of Information Communication and organizing partners Equal Access Nepal. The event will be taken to some of the selected districts of Nepal along with the central event itself. According to Pankaj Chhetri, the ICT manager at Equal Access Nepal, the technical skill and qualification in women can make them take significant opportunities in the ICT sector as it is growing rapidly in the global context.
Sparrow SMS, VAS service provider of Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd., will be providing the SMS services to serve the informational purpose to the individuals regarding this event. Also, it will be promoting the event with the view to increase the number of participants to celebrate the International Girls in ICT day. Sparrow SMS promises to support such events with all its capacity and hopes to continually give efforts to providing efficient service facility.
For more information regarding 'International Girls in ICT Day', Type GICT and SMS to 34001.