Throughout April, Cisco invites girls around the globe to meet technologists and innovators who are changing the world. We hope to inspire girls everywhere to become part of a new generation of problem solvers, using technology to make a difference.
Girls and technology careers
Cisco's Girls Power Tech 2016 is part of International Girls in ICT Day, an event on Thursday, April 28, sponsored by the United Nations. The annual day of activities organized by the International Telecommunications Union is aimed at improving the understanding of careers in ICT among girls. Cisco has supported Girls in ICT since its inception in 2011.
Fewer women choose to study IT subjects
Women are less likely to choose technology careers than men, and yet these jobs present tremendous professional and economic opportunity for women. According to the European Commission, only 30% of the region's ICT workforce is women. This is compounded by the fact that only 29 out of every 1,000 female graduates have a computing or related degree. Of these 29, only 4 go on to work in ICT-related services.
The Cisco Networking Academy program reaches out to women and girls around the world to prepare them with the IT skills and professional experience to succeed in IT careers. Learn more about Women in IT who studied with the Networking Academy program.
Inspiring girls through mentorship
In 2015, Cisco Girls Power Tech events attracted more than 3300 girls in 56 countries at 91 Cisco locations. This year, we hope to inspire even more girls to consider IT careers. Here in the U.S., events are being planned at Cisco offices in many states.
Cisco mentors will share career advice, anecdotes from their own careers, and demonstrate a variety of Cisco technologies. The goal is to inspire more girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects in higher education, and become global problem solvers by using technology in innovative ways.
“We’re part of an amazing industry that is continuously changing the way we connect to everyone and everything,” said Kelly Kramer, Cisco Chief Financial Officer. “Our mentors inspire young women to imagine, innovate and build the way we connect in the future.”
Find out what’s happening in your area on Girls ICT Day!