State Secretary for Digital Agenda, Jasna Matić, welcomed 270 girls from all parts of Serbia, at the manifestation regarding the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day. Novoline
Right upon their arrival to Belgrade, the girls had the opportunity to talk to Jasna Matić and successful women from the ICT field, and to gain a better insight into their work through their experiences. The girls also met the students and professors from the technical faculties, who introduced them with the opportunities for studying and education within ICT field.
The guests of Digital Agenda Administration showed their interest through their numerous questions, related to all details about the ICT field, from education to the possibilities for employment and way of work.
Great interest was also shown by the leading companies in this field: Telekom Srbija, Telenor Srbija,VIP mobile, CISCO, Com Trade, Ericsson Group, HP, IBM and RATEL, which, as the partners of the Digital Agenda Administration on this project, welcomed the girls in their companies. The members of Association of Business Women also gave the strong support and, besides the today's talks and socializing, they offered their help for the future activities of these young ladies, interested in ICT field.
After the visits to the successful companies and all technical faculties, the awards for „The Best ICT Girl“ were delivered in the Members of Parliament Club, and an adequate program for this occasion was carried out.
State Secretary for Digital Agenda, Jasna Matić, expressed her satisfaction with the fact that the most important people in the ICT field, around the world, recognized the importance of the idea which she, on behalf of the Republic of Serbia, presented in Guadalajara, and which has a significant influence on improvement and development of this field, as well as on the education of the new, young top experts.
“Not much time has passed since the adoption of our Amendments, on the basis of which, among the other things, the International Girls in ICT Day was established. I have to say that I have the mixed feelings of an extraordinary pride and enthusiasm, because of the great response and interest of these young ladies regarding the Information-Communications Technologies. It is a great feeling when you know that, due to your effort and persistence, the doors of companies and educational institutions are opened on this day in the entire world, and, even more importantly, that the doors are open for the future of the girls in ICT field, and obstacles and uncertainties, which have so far prevented them in choosing the vocations they really like, eliminated”- said Jasna Matić.
What is the Girls in ICT Day?
In October 2010, at the Conference of the International Telecommunications Union, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, the proposal of the Republic of Serbia was adopted, regarding the establishing of the International Network of Women ICT Decision-Makers, as well as regarding the celebrating of the International Girls in ICT Day, on each fourth Thursday in April.
The objective of this event is to introduce girls with Information-Communications Technologies, to present to them the opportunities for employment in this field, and to motivate them to think about a career in the Information-Communications Technologies sector.
On that day, girls around the world will visit companies, universities and research centers, and talk to successful women from the ICT field, and gain a better insight into their work through their experiences, as well as get the answers to all of their questions. The International Girls in ICT Day is also conceived as the career/jobs fair, for the female students of the technical faculties, with the aim to encourage girls to opt for a career related to this field.
Information-Communications Technologies represent a great chance for making a successful career, for women around the world. In order to use that chance, women have to deal with numerous prejudices and other challenges on their way towards the professional success in this field.
The activities which are organized on each fourth Thursday in April, have the objective to raise the awareness about the criteria for the choice of a profession, and to motivate girls to choose a vocation on the basis of their interests and talents, and not on the basis of the stereotype about male and female jobs. This is the opportunity for them to get familiar with all the potential fields of their future studies, and to get the first contacts for their future careers, as well as to inspire the successful women to be determined in their strivings.