The Liberia Information Technology Students Union (LITSU) will host the “International Girls in ICT Day” on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, in collaboration with the Liberian government through the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and the University of Liberia Department of Computer and Information Sciences with the theme “Girls Access and Safety in ICT.”
The “International Girls in ICT Day” event aims to bring together brilliant minds under one roof and raise awareness for girls and young women to gain and embrace an understanding of the vast possibilities that ICT offers, dispel the myth that ICT is a “Male-oriented,” and provide some insights on how they can build a career in ICT while also assisting Liberia’s economic development through ICT.
The lack of females in the ICT field has been widely discussed. This is a worldwide problem, not just one that affects developing countries like Liberia. Another issue that continues to expand the metaphorical digital divide is the disparity between male and female ICT employees in the workplace and Liberia as a whole.
Furthermore, Liberia’s government has proposed a Pro-Impoverished agenda aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged, vulnerable, and poor. Unfortunately, girls in Liberia are disproportionately “marginalized.” Increasing female ICT awareness will aid in closing the digital divide and removing females from the “marginalized” group.
We have realized the relevance of girls and young women in the field of computer science and its Significant Role in the Development of a Nation over the last few years. Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement helps girls and young women, allowing them to pursue ICT education and careers with confidence. Girls and young women can be both users and creators of information and communication technologies. The good news is that careers as ICT producers typically pay better and have fewer gender pay discrepancies than those in other fields.
International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT, allowing both girls and technology companies to benefit from increased female participation in the ICT sector. Every year on the 4th Thursday of April, International Girls in ICT Day is commemorated.
We hope that our country’s ICT sector pays close attention to empowering girls and young women in technology.
President Weah and his Pro-Poor technocrats must adjust to the fact that technology is here to stay.
I SEE YOU AT THE BlueCrest University College Liberia AUDITORIUM ON Thursday, April 28, 2022.