Around the globe, #WomeninTech showcase their skills

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Women learning to code at a technology centre in Herat, western Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya

Young women and girls around the globe showed off their tech skills on Thursday to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day.

The day is organized every year by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to turn the spotlight on women working in the field of Information and Communications Technology or ICT.

It also seeks to encourage more girls to plan for a career in this expanding field.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

A virtual international meetup of girls in three cities around the world, through a shared game application and video link, was the highlight of this year's main event organized by the ITU, a UN specialized agency. 

These "digital girls" sat in the Swiss capital, Geneva, the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius and the Lebanese capital, Beirut, exploring ICT together and interacting in real-time. 

In Geneva, local pupils learned new digital skills and met with women mentors from the tech sector. 

Here are some of their reactions. 

"I think Girls in the ICT day is really important because a lot of girls do really come together and they can share the experiences of the projects they did." 

"I think girls in ICT Day can encourage girls to get careers in ICT because you are showcasing many and really interesting mentors who kind of had a great career in ICT and it just shows girls that there are so many opportunities and you can really do whatever you want." 

"It's really good that we get to interact and have speakers come in and tell us about what is happening and how we can achieve our goals in life." 

In Vilnius, the girls enjoyed a robotics workshop and were also given practical demonstrations of virtual and augmented reality. 

Other key events took place in Barbados, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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