[Students converse at the GAC International Girls and ITC Day event in Ottawa]
Global Affairs Canada hosted the first annual International Girls in ITC Day event on April 26. Peter Szyszlo, AIMS-NEI Senior Program Coordinator, attended with AIMS alumni in Canada’s capital Ottawa.
“This was an exceptional event to showcase programs like AIMS that are empowering women and girls in ICT,” said Szyszlo. “The global future is promising for women and girls if we can get more to choose careers in math, science and technology.”
The day of events around the globe was created by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and is aimed at fostering a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
“AIMS goals also align well with Global Affairs Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy,” added Szyszlo. “Its core action area encourages initiatives like AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative through training women in science to improve their lives and the lives of others.”
Global Affairs invited both domestic and international speakers to talk about how they support the Sustainable Development Goals and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (Gender Equality, Growth that works for everyone; Human Dignity (education) and Innovation) by digitally empowering women and girls at home and abroad.
At the networking event, Peter Szyszlo had the opportunity to showcase AIMS-NEI, its projects and alumni, as well as network with stakeholders and practitioners working in the field of gender engagement across the STEM fields.