US Mission Celebrates Girls in ICT Event with ITU
The U.S. Mission collaborated with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on a program to celebrate Girls in ICT Day, which included a series of technical workshops designed to give girls hands-on experience in programming computers, making films, designing mobile phone applications, and managing satellites. ITU launched Girls in ICT Day in 2010 to inspire girls to consider a career in technology as while women are half the world’s population and half the world’s talent, there's a persistent gender gap in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. Ambassador Betty E. King spoke to the group of 70 students and impressed upon them of the importance of ICT and the opportunities it presents; it “has become increasingly the means with which people learn, become informed about the world around them, connect with friends and opportunities, and give themselves a voice.” One of the Mission’s first-tour Economic Officers, who earned a PhD in Computer Science, taught a workshop on programming and writing code. Her 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.
U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers