AU Hosts 2017 “€œGirls in ICT”€ Day

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On Girls in ICT Day, remarkable annually on a fourth Thursday in April, a African Union Commission jointly with a United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – Regional Office for Africa, UN Women, a UNDP Regional Office and a United Nations Economic Commission for Africa hosted some-more than 200 high schools Girls from Addis Ababa and 10 high schools Girls from Tanzania during a AU Headquarters.

The girls spent a Day during a premises of a AUC where they had entrance to computers connected to Internet and took a ask on ICT and Information technologies, interacted with speakers on ICT careers, entrepreneurship and innovation, amicable media and amicable skills, as good as holding partial of  a dance competition.

A row contention was also orderly with 6 inspirational African women where any panelist member spoke on their life experiences, successes and how they use ICT in their day-to-day business activities. The row was stoical of Mrs. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler a Director of Women, Gender Development during a AUC, Mrs. Rekia Mahamoudou Head of Division, Administration Human Resources Management Directorate/ AUC, Mrs. Mekdes Mintesenot Abayneh a comparison Director from Ethiotelecom, Ms. Yetnebersh Nigussie Human Rights Activist, and Ms. Selome Tadesse Social Activist and Entrepreneur. The row was moderated by Ms. Letty Chiwara from UNWOMEN who speedy a immature girls to seize a eventuality to ask questions about a ICT zone and to advantage from a practice of a 4 inspirational Women who spoke to them in a row discussion

The central eventuality was preceded by an SMS foe among Girls.

The central segments of a module started with opening remarks from Mr. Andrew Rugege, Regional Director ITU who removed a significance of ICT as a motorist for change to urge people’s lives generally in Africa for a improved education, communication and health systems as ICT is deliberate a cranky slicing and absolute tool. For her part, a deputy of a Ministry of ICT of a Federal Republic of Ethiopia Ms. Bekala Ibrahim, International Relation Cooperation Director, highlighted a high significance given by a Government of Ethiopia for a growth of a ICT zone and a efforts to attract and foster some-more women in this really innovative zone as an enabler for women empowerment and mercantile growth of a country.

Mr. Cheikh Bedda Director for Infrastructure and Energy during a AUC vocalization on interest of Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, reiterated a vicious purpose played by women and girl in a growth of Africa as per a aspirations of a bulletin 2063 and a significance of a Day recalling a AU thesis of a year on harnessing a demographic division by investment in youth. He remarkable “this eventuality provides us a eventuality to prominence a significance of scholarship and record and their vicious purpose in compelling innovation, entrepreneurship and skills development, in sequence to supply girl and quite immature women to attend entirely in a digital economy and in all aspects of a society.” 

The officials benefaction during a eventuality including a member of a Ministry of ICT and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Ethiopia as good as Mr. Cheikh Bedda from a AUC, Mr. Andrew Rugege from ITU and H.E a Ambassador of Tanzania in Addis Ababa presented a prizes to a winners.

The Event was strictly sealed by Ms. Souhila Amazouz, Senior ICT officer during a Department of Infrastructure and Energy of a AUC. She congratulated a girls for their active appearance and thanked a ITU Regional Office for Africa and all a partners who have contributed to make a day a success and looked brazen to receiving some-more Girls from a Continent during a jubilee of a 2018 Girls in ICT Day.

The International Girls in ICT Day aims to emanate a tellurian sourroundings that empowers and encourages girls and immature women to cruise careers in a flourishing margin of ICTs and capacitate a larger womanlike appearance in a ICT sector.it is an beginning corroborated by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014) and distinguished each year on a fourth Thursday of April.

Distributed by APO on interest of African Union Commission (AUC).

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