Young women encouraged to seek careers in ICT

Girls and young women actively participate in an event to mark the Girls in ICT Day in Yangon.
Girls and young women actively participate in an event to mark the Girls in ICT Day in Yangon.

An international day aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in information and communication technologies took place for the first time Wednesday in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s inaugural Girls in ICT Day was organized by the Young Women’s Christian Association in conjunction with Myanmar ICT for Development Organization.
The major objectives of the celebration are to encourage young women to take an interest in information and communication technologies and seek jobs in the sector, YWCA general secretary Daw Zin
Mar Oo said.
The event also aims to encourage girls and young women to enter science and technology, engineering and mathematics fields, raise their awareness of ICT and spread information on ICT-related courses and opportunities.
According to industry observers, Myanmar has a few female professionals in ICTs.
“ICT plays an important role in improving the lives of young females,” Daw Zin Mar Oo said view, adding that there are plans to stage the event again in coming years.
During the one-day event, panelists discussed use of social media and the Internet, useful mobile applications, as well as digital security and personal security.
Many organizations around the globe celebrate Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday.
According to International Telecommunication Union data, some 200 million fewer women are online than men, with women coming online later, and more slowly, than their male counterparts.

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