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Iran Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day

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Iran Celebrates International Girls in ICT DayIran Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day

The International Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in Tehran on April 25 to help highlight the importance of bridging the digital gender divide and encourage women to join the ICT sector.
International Gils in ICT Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of April, this year falling on April 25. Introduced in 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union — the United Nations specialized telecom agency — the event tries to promote applications of modern technology in empowering women.
“Girls in ICT Day is a call to action to inspire the next generation of girls and young women to learn more about the exciting world of tech,” ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao was quoted as saying on the agency’s website.
On the same occasion UN Chief Antonio Guterres tweeted that “such inspiring programs not only develop skills, they also challenge stereotypes that limit girls’ ambitions and dreams.” He recalled the energy and dedication he saw for himself from those taking part in the African Girls Can Code Initiative earlier this year in Addis Ababa.
The official twitter account of ITU posted, “When women + girls are empowered with technology, the whole world benefits. Support #GirlsinICT and close the digital #GenderGap.”

 

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The local event was held at Tehran Book Garden, north of the capital, and was supported by the ministries of ICT and education, Iran IT Organization, Tehran Municipality, Iran ICT Guild Organization, Vice Presidential Office for Science and Technology and FANAP, a tech firm affiliated to Bank Pasargad.
Girl students from several high schools in Tehran participated. With help from technology mentors they were organized in groups and proposed technological solutions to real-life issues.
The groups pitched ideas before a panel of judges. Two groups and their work attracted closer attention.

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