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Young women were encouraged to seek technology jobs as the world marks International Girls’ Day on ICT Day

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The call for girls and women to embrace technology works has dominated this year’s International Girls’ Day on ICT Day with stakeholders blaming the skills gap in the sector, compared to one of the fastest growing in the world.

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According to the Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of ICT, Nadia Ahmed Abdalla, more young people are joining the ICT world than women because of lies in the industry.

“I encourage young girls to join the ICT industry. “Most of the time when people talk about ICT they talk about the young men who are there because it seems like an industry that only boys can succeed,” he said.

CAS called on young women to join a thriving industry at a time when the world is becoming more and more dependent on technology to stay connected and keep essential services and businesses thriving because of the Corona virus epidemic.

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“The covid-19 epidemic has shown us that the ICT world is the way forward, not the future, it is the present,” he said.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), half of the world is still offline and the majority of those who lack access to digital technology are women and girls in developing countries.

In addition, there is a 17 percent gender gap in the use of the Internet, thus depriving women and girls of access to education, well-paying jobs, and the creation of new businesses.

“Making technology accessible to all is an important part of building strong societies and economies, and addressing many of the world’s challenges.” Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General said

International Girls’ Day on ICT Day is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April.

This year’s theme is, ‘Girls Connected to Create a Better Future

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