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International Girls in ICT Day 2017

gi IMG 2880Today the International Girls in ICT Day 2017 is celebrated with events around the world. It is aimed at encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT, while at the same time highlighting the growing importance of digital skills to pursue successful professional careers across sectors. The day is celebrated around the world since 2014 as the initiative of International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

In Lithuania, the day is coinciding with the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) held in Vilnius; therefore ITU has joined hands with local partners to celebrate Girls in ICT Day in Vilnius in parallel to the RPM. 28 girls between the age of 12 and 16 joined the event. To ensure regional balance, girls were invited from different cities across Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas, Alytus, Klaipėda and Panevėžys.

The annual ITU address on this celebration was given live from Vilnius to girls and young women from around the world by Mr. Brahima Sanou, the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau. Ms. Loreta Križinauskienė, Lithuanian National digital coalition coordinator and Managing director of „Langas į ateitį“ also welcomed event participants and highlighted the importance of ICT in today’s society and the vast career opportunities the sector offers. Ms. Loreta presented successful women in the technology industry giving the girls inspiration and demonstrating that ICT is not only men’s field.

A video-conference was set up for an interactive session connecting the Girls in ICT Day events in Vilnius, Geneva and Beirut. This offered the participants a chance to explore ICT together in an interactive real-time format.

gi IMG 2882The day ended with a closing ceremony. In her closing remarks, Dr. Danguolė Rutkauskienė encouraged the girls to continue engaging with ICT and informed them about the different possibilities and activities for this purpose. Each girl received a certificate of participation and the winning team was awarded with a prize from Kaunas University of Technology and ITU. Additionally, the youngest participant was awarded by National Digital Coalition.

The Girls in ICT Day in Vilnius was co-organized by International Telecommunications Union, The Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas University of Technology, INPUT, National Digital Coalition and Microsoft Lithuania.