To commemorate International Girls in ICT Day, du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (EITC), engaged students at GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis with a number of activities aimed at inspiring and guiding them into careers in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. In addition, du highlighted efforts to improve gender balance in the ICT industry as the first GCC telco to achieve 20% women’s representation at board level.
The students, aged 16 to 18, were conveyed interesting and helpful information through an interactive poll about working in the telecom sector as well as the exciting future of technology in general. Expert speakers at the exclusive event included Dr. Alia Al Serkal, head of people learning & growth, who represented du’s Gender Balance Council; Noora Nasser, project manager - transition & transformation on behalf of the Youth Council; and Noura Almatrooshi, manager – new business & innovation marketing operations.
International Girls in ICT Day, under this year’s theme “Digital Skills for Life,” is supported by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT.
As a commitment towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals relating to diversity and inclusion through goal #5, gender equality, and goal #10, reducing inequalities, du’s Gender Balance Council empowers women and promotes equality and inclusion within the organization in line with the UAE agenda and international best practices.
A new UNICEF report states that some 90% of young women and teenage girls in the world's poorest countries have no access to the internet.Also Read: Women in ICT Panel: Every Woman Should Be Driven by Her Dream and Her Confidence