Girls are poorly placed to benefit from the knowledge economy in developing countries. As such they have less access to skills training and development that would enable them to gain employment in the ICT sector. When females are employed, they generally work at lower levels, with less pay and this discourages them from participating optimally in science and technology education. These disadvantages further prevent girls and women from benefitting equally from the opportunities offered by the new technologies that would enable them to participate in the knowledge economy.
Concerned about the decline in the number of school girls opting to study technology-related disciplines and who work in technology focused organizations in most countries worldwide, Digital Peers International (DPI) is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls in Africa.
DPI is an NGO that is focused on encouraging the vulnerable groups in the society eg females to participate in ICT at an early age. It annually organizes activities such as the ‘Girls In ICT Day’ where girls are encouraged to develop ICT skills among others, through this platform.
The ‘Girls in ICT’ initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership.
The ITU established ‘Girls in ICT Day’ back in 2010 to help inspire girls to consider a future in technology and supports the global organization of such activities every year in April.
Digital Peers International has partnered with the ITU from the inception of this initiative to organize the ‘Girls In ICT Day’ till date. DPI recognizes this day by organizing events to create a platform to encourage and mentor female children in various schools and communities in ICT education, with the overall aim of raising a generation of an IT savvy female workforce.
Annually organized in Abuja, Nigeria, DPI has imparted the lives of over 500 girls via talk shows with Female gurus in the IT world, quiz and debates, hands-on trainings and educative activities.