GIRLS IN ICT
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in recognition of the important role ICTs play in meeting objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular women empowerment, has adopted a resolution on gender mainstreaming with the support of Member States of the Union to advance gender equality and women empowerment through the use of ICTs.
The resolution among others called on Members States to develop and/or review policies relating to the information society to ensure the inclusion of gender issues in all activities and promote the capacity building of women and young children in telecommunications and ICTs. In line with this resolution, Member States were encouraged to identify and implement interventions aimed at exposing women and young girls to opportunities existing in the telecommunications and ICT field and encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities. Governments were encouraged to also observe the annual celebration of a “Girls in ICT Day” Event in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
As a result of this, Girls-in-ICT Day has now become an important initiative on the calendar of the Ministry of Communications which is celebrated annually on regional basis to empower a selected number of girls. Ghana Code Club provides support and training to help the Ministry deploy this program successfully by establishing ICT Clubs for Junior High Level students to become creative and confident in a technology world.