International Girls in ICT Day

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2024 Date25 April 2024
2025 Date24 April 2025

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International Girls in ICT Day is a global observance that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider careers in the information and communications technology (ICT) field. Championed by the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the event promotes the importance of digital skills and gender equality in the tech industry. It encourages governments, educational institutions and private organisations to establish educational and awareness campaigns to change societal attitudes and gender stereotypes that prevent young women from pursuing careers in this sector.

The observance of International Girls in ICT Day began in 2010, with its relevance being recognised worldwide, including in Australia. Aussie girls and young women are highly encouraged to take part in activities that expose them to ICT, a field traditionally dominated by males. The event serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and address the gender digital divide in the country while highlighting the significance of creating an inclusive digital future. Australian organisations such as the Australian Computer Society and Girl Geek Academy often invigorate events and workshops to stimulate interest and foster talent among girls in ICT.

In Australia, International Girls in ICT Day is commemorated annually. Observance includes a range of activities: engaging panel discussions, digital literacy workshops, coding marathons, and educational events. These activities are designed to foster learning, increase female student enrolment in ICT courses, and provide networking opportunities with women professionals in the ICT industry. The official date for the observance is set by the ITU and typically falls on the fourth Thursday in April, aligning with all other global observances of this initiative.

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Facts about International Girls in ICT Day

  • The theme for International Girls in ICT Day in 2022 was Access and Safety.
  • According to, about 65% of the children around the world who are entering primary school today will have jobs that do not yet exist.
  • Women hold only 25% of all the jobs in the tech industry, despite making up more than half of the workforce.

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