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Ghana celebrates International Girls in ICT Day, 2022 with all ITU Member States

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

 

 

The Republic of Ghana, a Member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is
delighted to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day on 28th April, the day set aside for it each
year, under the theme “Access and Safety”.

We remain committed to the three main goals of the Girls-in-ICT Initiative namely to :

i. Encourage girls and young women to pursue ICT education

ii. Inspire girls and young women to work in ICT careers

iii. Engage the community and promote collaboration through partnerships

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation has celebrated the Girls-in-ICT Initiative since it’s launch in 2012 by targeting young girls and young ladies at the Basic, Secondary and Tertiary level to enhance and direct attention to ICT careers, reducing the barriers creating access and improving online safety.

Since 2018, we have chosen to celebrate the Girls In ICT (GIICT) program throughout the year and expanded its reach on a regional rotation basis to introduce more girls across the country to the wonders of digital technology. This year, our GIICT program will cover 5 Regions, and train 500 ICT Teachers and 5,000 Girls. At the secondary and tertiary levels, 100,000 high school girls,100 tertiary students, 100 teachers and parents will also benefit from the training.

For the first time, in 2021, 75 female students in tertiary institutions were trained in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, block chain and other cutting edge digital technologies.

This will be replicated and expanded this year.
The program has also been enriched with Open Days and mentorship from female ICT professionals. The participants get the opportunity to network with ICT industry players and
women achievers in their workplace who encourage them to aspire for greatness in this exciting industry. Our strategic partners support these interventions to bridge the gender digital divide and promote a Safer Digital Ghana.

Since widespread access to the internet and digital tools is essential for the digital economy we
are in the process of developing, the Government of Ghana is implementing the Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project which will construct 2,016 rural sites to connect 3.5 million Citizens to voice and data services nationwide. We will leave no one behind.

In December 2020, Ghana enacted the Cyber Security Act which makes provision for
strengthening cyber hygiene and Child Online Protection. We have also established an
emergency toll free number, 292, on all mobile networks for reporting of cybersecurity issues
while the Cybersecurity Authority also organizes periodic events to promote the safe and
positive use of digital technology for the general public, children and young people.

To sustain the interest and to track the girls on the GIICT initiatives, we are developing a web
portal to serve as a key education resource and information hub for further knowledge
acquisition and networking.

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, its agencies and partners are poised to support GIICT to bridge the digital gender gap, help achieve Sustainable Development Goals
4 (Quality Education) and 5 (Gender Equality) and develop a critical mass of digitally equipped
and enabled young ladies able to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution which is unfolding.
As we leave footprints across the country and ignite interest in ICT in girls nationwide, the
demand for inclusion in this exciting initiative has increased. We look forward to working with
more private sector players, development partner stakeholders and interested individuals to
expand the scope of this initiative to include more girls.

Today, we add our voice to others across the world to say ‘Girls in ICT, accessing ICTs safely.




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