In 2010, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations’ agency specialized in telecommunications, established the International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April each year.

The objective is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages technological vocations in girls and young women, with a clear intention to eradicate the digital gender gap. Also, it aims at encouraging and motivating them to participate in technological careers, both in information and communication-oriented training, as well as in the professional field, leisure or any other type of activity.

In the words of the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres: “Gender equality has to do with human rights, but it is also in the interest of all: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harm us all. Investing in women is well proven to be the most effective way for communities, businesses and even countries to prosper. Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous. Achieving gender equality is a pending task of our time”.