Do we #STANDTALL for Girls in ICT? Yes, we do!

April 29, 2016 | By
ECOWGEN

ECREEE advocates for Girls in ICT

On every fourth Thursday of April the world is officially reminded of the low representation of girls and young women in the telecommunication sector.  An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Girls in ICT Day is designated as the day to “raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)”[1].

A branch of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Technology fields are “unofficially” classified as a male domain.  And like the other STEM fields, there is no justification for this, as the evidence in support of women’s capacity to excel in this field cannot be overlooked (we all know Marissa Mayer, a computer scientist and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo).

Therefore, on 28th April 2016, ECREEE did not only sponsor the event to mark the day, but we took the message of #STANDTALL to school girls (and boys) at Universidade de Cabo Verde (Uni CV). In line with our proclamation that “women and girls should be proud and confident in their qualities, capacities, abilities, talents and skills”, we presented a message of self-confidence:

I am Techie

I am Nerdy

I am Intelligent

I am a Woman!

Because a person can be all these qualities (techie, nerdy and intelligent) and still be a woman – transforming her community, her country, her region and the world through brilliance and hard work.

The #STANDTALL event also featured a session on ‘how to start your own blog’, where our very own Alvaro Lima, website developer at ECREEE, gave a one-on-one  demonstration on installing WordPress. Why? Because the gender-digital-divide is not only evident in career choices but also in access and usage of ICT, where women, in general, do so in lower numbers. And “unless this gender divide is specifically addressed, there is a risk that ICT may exacerbate existing inequalities between women and men and create new forms of inequality”[2]. There you have it! Happy Girls in ICT Day.

 

 

[1] ITU Girls in ICT Portal at: http://girlsinict.org/

[2] United Nations: Gender equality and empowerment of women through ICT. Available at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/w2000-09.05-ict-e.pdf

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