International Girls in ICT Day
International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in the ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) and promoted by WITNET 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). Events are organized around the world where girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.
ADA has partnered with Orange Mali to organize International Girls in ICT Day events at the offices of Orange Mali in Bamako. In 2013, approximately 20 girls from the School Médinacoura in Bamako were chosen to participate. They were taken to the offices of Orange Mali in order to be given a tour of the premises along with a demonstration of how the machines function. The tour was followed by a visit with a female manager at Orange who discussed her career in the ICT industry. This was followed by a Q & A session, a message from the ITU, and a speech by the Director General of Orange Mali.