Girls and women encouraged to get into information and communication technologies

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Girls in ICT Day 2014, ITU HQ, Geneva, Switzerland. © ITU/T.Blyth-Kubota

Women and girls around the world are being encouraged by the UN's telecommunications agency to develop careers in information and communication technologies.

"Girls in ICT Day", which is observed on the fourth Thursday of April each year, was established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2010 to inspire girls to consider a future in technology.

ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré says over the past 20 years ICTs have evolved into a fascinating, dynamic fast changing field impacting every aspect of people's lives.

"ICT is improving the lives of people everywhere through better health care, better environmental management, better communication and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. It really is a glamorous life and the possibilities are limitless. We are truly at the very beginning of an information revolution that really transforms the world. So my question to all of you on this year's Girls in ICT Day is simple: don't you want to be part of that?"

According to the ITU, the global momentum around the Girls in ICT Day continues to grow with over 100 countries expected to hold events hosted by governments, private sector and non-governmental organizations this year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'38"

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