Oxfam and the International Telecommunication Union will host Twitter Debate about #GirlsinICT

The International Girls in ICT Day is a worldwide annual celebration promoted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to raise awareness and encourage girls and young women to study ICT related careers. Last year 2015, these efforts were materialized in over 1,800 events including more than 66,000 young women all over the world.

Considering that women occupy only 17% of tech jobs, it is one of today’s priorities to balance the field and empower more girls to get involved in the ICT industry. In order to take full advantage of the benefits generated by information technologies it is necessary to bridge the gender gap in the technology industry and promote equal access to digital resources.

On 27 April 2016 Oxfam will host a Twitter debate with ITU to discuss about possible solutions to promote equal gender participation in information technologies. Some of the questions that will be addressed by expert panelists are: what employment opportunities are there for young women in ICT careers? How can ICTs advance the rights of girls? And what barriers are faced by girls in using technology?

To join the debate, follow the hashtag #GirlsinICT on April 27 at 14:00 GMT and send your tweets including the hashtag plus @OxfamGBPolicy

For more information about the event and speakers visit Oxfam’s Policy and Practice Blog