- Project ASHA
International Day for Girls in ICT 2023: Digital Skills for Life
The International Day for Girls in ICT is a global initiative that aims to promote the participation of girls and women in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April each year, the day highlights the need for equal access to ICTs and the opportunities they provide.
Studies have shown that teams with gender balance are more creative and innovative, leading to better problem-solving and decision-making skills. To address this digital gender gap, it is crucial to provide girls with access to education, training and mentorship opportunities in ICTs. This includes promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education among girls from a young age, encouraging women to pursue careers in ICTs, and supporting female entrepreneurs in the technology sector.
Over the years, ProjectASHA has empowered rural girls, women and youths with digital skills. This is in line with its goal for digital transformation and digital equality for marginalized regions in Nigeria. With partnerships from leading empowerment organizations like Global Shapers Lagos Hub, in Nigeria, ProjectASHA has expanded its efforts to more rural areas with its mobile digital literacy hubs thereby increasing access to digital literacy skills and opportunities for rural girls. Our aim is to encourage girls to pursue careers in ICTs and raise awareness about the importance of gender balance in technology fields, promote gender diversity in the technology industry, including free training programs, mentorship schemes and scholarships.
In conclusion, the International Day for Girls in ICT is a reminder of the urgent need to address the digital gender gap and promote gender equality in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies. It is a call to action for governments, private companies, and civil society to work together to ensure that girls and women have equal access to ICTs and the opportunities they provide. By closing the digital gender gap, we can unlock the full potential of women and girls and create a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.