Why are young women deserting technology? High-level panel debate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day

Why are young women deserting technology? 
High-level panel debate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 
International Women’s Day
Geneva, 22 February 2011 – What’s behind the sharp downwards trend in young women opting to study information and communication technology? ICT qualifications offer good job prospects and higher-than-average remuneration. Yet in the US, for example, the proportion of girls studying ICT courses has dropped from a mid-‘80s high of 37% to just 29% today – and falling.

Many European economies are now predicting a crisis in the number of trained IT professionals within the next 10-15 years. What is putting girls off technology? And why are some countries – particularly in the Asian region – succeeding in attracting female IT students? What are they doing differently – and getting right?

With a panel comprising Ministers, top educators, industry experts, media and young students, this debate will look at how ICTs are taught in schools and universities, how girls perceive careers in technology – and what is informing their life choices. What are the cultural and economic barriers – and how might we encourage more girls into the technology field?

What:


High-level debate on girls in information and communication technology

When:


Thursday, 10 March, 12:30 - 14:00

Where:


Room C, 2nd basement level, ITU headquarters, Geneva (please enter via ITU Tower entrance). The event will be audiocast at: www.itu.int/ibs/sg/20110310WomenDay/index.phtml



Why:


Special event to commemorate 100 years of International Women’s Day

Who:


Full list of panellists available at www.itu.int/en/womensday




Light refreshments for panellists and media
will be offered after the event

NB: RSVP by 8 March is essential to attend this event.

Please email pressreg@itu.int to confirm your attendance.

Feb 27, 2011 10:51

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