UN official calls for more support to girls interested in technology

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International Girls in ICT Day @ITU

More girls must be encouraged to pursue careers in information and communications technologies (ICTs), a senior UN official told the European Parliament on Thursday.

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, who heads the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), highlighted the need to boost the numbers of girls involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.

For the past three years, the ITU has celebrated 25 April as "Girls in ICT Day," and Dr. Touré is convinced it will pay off in the decades ahead with more women entering the field.

He said at a time when over 95% of all jobs now have a digital component, and where there is a large and growing skills shortage in the ICT sector, more needs to be done to get girls interested in these careers.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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