The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
The Award presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday, 16 May from 11 am in the Popov room at ITU headquarters, Geneva.
2012: “Women and Girls in ICT”
Women are the bedrock of our societies. They are the pillars of strength in every family and community. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched. Women and girls are denied access to basic health care and education and to equal opportunities at work. They face segregation in economic, political and social decision-making and often suffer violence and discrimination.
This situation is unacceptable and must be addressed with all the means available to us.
Gender equality is a basic human right enshrined in the UN Charter, and it is one of the main objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). ICTs are tools that can help accelerate progress towards achieving this target, and it is for this reason that ITU Council proposed that we focus our efforts this year on women and girls, using the power of ICTs to provide new digital opportunities to end discrimination and empower the female half of the world’s population to achieve their rightful place as equals in the world. And this effort with ICTs must begin not only from the cradle, but from antenatal health care, reaching out to the remotest communities – with every mother, every girl and every woman guaranteed her birthright.
The theme of this year’s WTISD, “Women and Girls in ICT”, aims to ensure that this vulnerable female half of the world’s population will march forward as equals.
EDITORIAL: Meanwhile, in America, we are selling our girls and women instead of honoring and respecting them. Take a look at what Porn Valley, Hollywood and our Media are pushing at Moms Against Media. UN – Can you resend the letter below to our government. They OBVIOUSLY didn’t get the last one in January since it’s May and we are now in the midst of a War Against Girls and Women here instead!!
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, celebrated each year on 17 May, marks
the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 which led
to the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
I am pleased to inform you that this year World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
(WTISD-2012) will be held on the theme “Women and Girls in ICT”.
I invite you to organize activities in your country to mark WTISD-2012 and I encourage you to
involve all sections of society to formulate awareness and consensus on the issues underlying the
theme, “Women and Girls in ICT”. Please consider my Call for Action in the Annex.
In order to emphasize the theme of WTISD-12 and in line with ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70
(Rev. Guadalajara, 2010), ITU will also mark international “Girls in ICT Day” this year on 26 April
2012. “Girls in ICT Day”, to be held every year on the fourth Thursday of April, encourages
members to host events where girls and young women are invited to ICT companies and
government agencies to appreciate the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future. I
encourage our members to support women and girls in their country by organizing such a national
event this 26 April and sharing their experiences with ITU. Please see the Note on page 4 (Annex).
The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012 will influence our work
not only on the Day but throughout the year and in the future as well. Let us resolve to use ICTs to
provide new digital opportunities to women and girls in every corner of the world.
I join you in celebrating the 147th anniversary of ITU and wish you a very successful World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012.
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré