The International Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in Pristina on April 28th 2017. The Deputy Chief of Mission Colleen Hyland spoke at the annual event, organized to empower and encourage girls and young women in Kosovo to consider education and careers in the fields of information and communication technology. “Today Kosovo joins countries around the world in encouraging the inclusion of women and girls in ICT studies and career fields. This is a timely and urgent issue in the U.S., just like here in Kosovo…so let’s keep working together to ensure that all paths are open to Kosovo’s daughters, and that every girl in Kosovo benefits from the entire universe of possibilities. ” said DCM Hyland.
Given the low (less than 30%) participation rate of women in the technology industry in Kosovo, the Girls in ICT Day aims to increase awareness on the potential that this industry offers to girls and young women if educated in this area. The event was supported by EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida-Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete , and organized by Ipko Foundation and AUK Training and Development Institute.