By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), an ICT focused organization that uses ICT to empower citizens on good governance, sustainable and balanced development has celebrated this year’s Girls in ICT Day and World Telecommunication and Information Society Day respectively, the 2017 Girls in ICT Day was earlier celebrated on 27th April but CITAD could not hold the event on that day and therefore decided to observe the day with a capacity building workshop for ladies on 17th May when World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is also commemorated globally.
International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience technology in a whole new light. The initiative, backed by all ITU Member States, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
There is an estimated shortfall of over two million skilled ICT professionals worldwide. Despite the obvious benefits, many girls never even consider a career in ICTs. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector. The ICT sector is a growing sector for employment in both developed and developing countries. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields around the world have significant opportunities available to them.
As for the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, it’s theme for 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact,” and focuses on the power of Big Data for development and aims to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context. The insight brought on by advanced analysis can strongly complement the evidence-based nature of decision-making that can be leveraged at national, regional and international levels to drive success towards attaining all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Training Coordinator of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Malam Ibrahim Nuhu laments how access to ICTs remain a big challenge to women especially in developing countries and advised them not relent in their efforts to understand and utilize ICTs in their businesses and other purposes for societal development. Three presentations were taken apart from interactive session and comments and questions. Background on Girls in ICT/International Information Society Day by Harira Wakili, Role of ICT in Girls and Women Development by Kamal Umar Karaye as well as Digital Inclusion of Girls in ICT by Hajiya Amina Hanga, the Executive Director, Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative. The event ended with a group picture of the facilitators and the participants.