Every year, Cisco participates in Girls in ICT Day. We open our doors to young women all over the world and inspire them to pursue a career in information and communications technology (ICT) through hands-on exposure to the latest technology and engagement with industry professionals.
Women comprise a mere 27% of workers in the computer science, engineering, and physics fields in some of the world’s emerging economies. Many companies report difficulty finding skilled people for technology jobs. Women represent a large, untapped resource of technology talent.
Every April, Cisco supports Girls in ICT Day, a global event organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As part of our Girls Power Tech Global Mentoring Initiative, employees at Cisco offices worldwide spend the day with girls age 13 to 18, encouraging them to consider education and career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math.)
Cisco’s participation demonstrates that women are powerful catalysts for change in society, and that technology is an enabler that can help them accomplish extraordinary things.