BWIT celebrates Girls in ICT Day 2015; expand horizons, change attitudes
International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by International Telecommunications Union, (ITU) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs) 193 Member States. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs, this is the 150th year.
Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) celebrated Girls in ICT Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 23 April 2015. The event was sponsored by IGW Operators Forum (IOF). It opened with a song on “Girls on ICT Day” by UCEP girl students written and composed by UCEP. An incredible effort for urban working children studying at UCEP. Mrs. Hosne Ara, Managing Director Bangladesh High Tech Park as Chief Guest, spoke on opportunities for Girls in ICT in Digital Bangladesh and the initiatives of the government to encourage women and girls. Luna Shamsuddoha, President BWIT, while presenting Girls on ICT Day talked about “why girls matter” and on the expectation and participation of girls and Women in Technology in their careers and business and in the proper use of the new media technology.
Bangladesh Women in Technology celebrates the day to inspire girls to consider a future in technology, ITU established ‘Girls in ICT Day’ in 2010. It supports the global organization of activities every year. “Girls in ICT Day” is growing with over 100 countries holding events hosted by Governments, Private Sector and NGOs this year. The theme this year is Expand Horizons Change attitudes.
The day is becoming an event of high impact, was attended by girl students from different Universities, Institutions and Underprivileged Educational Programme. Prof Suraiya Pervin of Dhaka University, Rezwana Khan Director Star Computers, spoke on the occasion. A presentation on e-Learning by UCEP for their schools and the impact on girls in technology education in early years till grade 8 and in technical education and their careers. http://www.ucepbd.org/ . Women start-ups and young entrepreneurs working with Access to Information Prime Minister’s Office, SME Foundation also attended the event. Vice Chancellor for Central Women University Dr. Perveen Hasan, Computer Science Faculty, Professionals from Grameen phone-Accenture, Computer Science Professionals and Media were in attendance.
BWIT held an Mobile Apps contest for Girl students on Social awareness element where ICT can be used in Health, Security, Education, Career” for Women and Girls. There was remarkable response and most interesting concept were presented by girls from different Universities. The goal of the Contest was to promote women in technology by inspiring girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders, and entrepreneurs in the technology industry. BWIT held an Mobile Apps contest for Girl students on Social awareness element where ICT can be used in Health, Security, Education, Career” for Women and Girls. There was remarkable response and most interesting concept were presented by girls from different Universities. The goal of the Contest was to promote women in technology by inspiring girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders, and entrepreneurs in the technology industry. Team Kitkat, students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology won the Contest for an App social awareness and platform for ease of doing business for women entrepreneurs. Students from Dhaka University Computer Science Department, UITS, Khulna University and other Institution participate in the Contest.
For a century and a half since 1865, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been at the centre of advances in communications – from telegraphy through to the modern world of satellites, mobile phones and the Internet. BTRC, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications , Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, is member organization.
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