The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says girls and women trained in ICTs have a significant advantage over their counterparts who are not trained in ICTs in the labour market.
According to the United Nations specialised agency for ICT, with the spate of development pervading every business sector, girls and young women who learn coding, apps development and computer science will have a significant advantage over their non-tech-trained peers, regardless of the field they eventually choose to work in.
Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General says that “empowering girls and young women to fulfill their potential through ICTs will benefit not only young women and girls themselves, but entire societies and their economies.”
To get women better empowered in technology, UN Women, the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women pursuing ICTs as a critical cross-cutting issue across all areas of its work.
The UN women is working to provide improved access to employment, markets and financing through digital literacy and ICT skills development, information systems and online banking; to promote knowledge and training opportunities through the Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment in order to empower women with ICTs.