AMCHAM T&T Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day 2020
The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) partnered with the NGO, Restore a Sense of I Can (RSC) to host several Break Out Sessions for the “Girls in ICT Day” Virtual Conference.
This event was part of T&T’s activities to commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day 2020 which is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of the month of April. This is a global movement to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. Since 2011, more than 362 000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 11 000 celebrations in 171 countries worldwide.
Today’s event attracted over 1600 participants from several countries across the Caribbean and South America who came together to engage in online discussions to provide increasing opportunities for continued education and jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Originally scheduled as a live event, the COVID-19 global pandemic forced organizers to transform their activities into virtual events. For this event, AMCHAM T&T assisted by providing the platform for hosting the event as well as arranging for several female professionals to host sessions on careers in tech. The shift to virtual events such as this shows the increasing role of technology in the post-COVID 19 future
Patricia Ghany, President of AMCHAM T&T spoke about the important link between promoting gender parity and advancing our nation’s tech sector. “For us at AMCHAM T&T, we see these two issues as intersectional in creating the kind of society that we want and that allows us to participate effectively in global value chains. By this, I mean if we are to develop our nation’s tech sector, we cannot do this without addressing the gaps that keep girls and women from achieving parity,” said Ghany.
“When we increase the educational opportunities in ICT for girls and women, and develop a more gender-balanced tech sector, we are lifting women out of poverty by offering them opportunities for jobs and access to move up the career ladder quicker in their respective fields.”
AMCHAM T&T is proud to have collaborated on the RSC’s “Girls in ICT Day” virtual conference as we see this as another avenue to push towards digital transformation. Countries and businesses need to invest more to digitally transform the way they do business if only to meet the changing demands posed from a post COVID-19 world.
Last year we hosted our nation’s first-ever Tech Hubs Islands Summit (this) Conference. Hosting this conference was an opportunity for us to encourage the private and public sector to infuse tech into their business processes to increase their competitiveness and attract both local and foreign investment. We believe a meaningful, dynamic tech industry could change the essence of how we live, work, and play in T&T, which is why we are strongly committed to advancing our nation’s tech sector.
AMCHAM T&T invited several prominent and influential women, both locally and internationally, to speak at the “Girls in ICT Day" conference and lead many of the Break Out Sessions:
AMCHAM T&T would like to thank these women for their contributions to this event and particularly to Mr. Raj Ramdass and his entire team at the Restore a Sense of I Can (RSC) for hosting this very important conference.
For further questions or comments please contact: Nirad Tewarie, CEO AMCHAM T&T at email@example.com
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