PNGUoT Celebrates Girls in ICT Day

PNGUoT Celebrates Girls in ICT Day

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology continues to promote and encourage the participation of women in fields such as Information Communication and Technology.

This was again highlighted and emphasized on during the Girls in ICT Day program that was hosted at the PNGUoT campus. The theme “leadership” was based on the importance of having women as role models in this industry.

While addressing the students, Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Garry Sali emphasized that “it is important for women to have leadership roles for women in ICT.” He encouraged girls to challenge stereotypes and believe in their ability to lead. Dr. Sali further shared success stories of women leaders in ICT, inspiring girls to envision themselves in similar positions.

The occasion provided a platform to highlight the importance of gender diversity in the ICT sector and encourage more girls and women to participate in this traditionally male-dominated field with the digital sector contributing to less than 30 percent of female professionals in STEM.
Representatives from the Department of ICT and the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) emphasized the need for increased female participation in ICT.
Despite the crucial contributions made by women in the ICT sector, they continue to face stereotypes and
The main challenge highlighted was the tendency to treat women as less capable than men, leading to their expertise being overlooked. Even when qualified and experienced, women often find themselves competing against male counterparts for roles in Science and Engineering Fields.

The Chairman for NICTA board, Mr. Noel Mobiha emphasized key aspects related to leadership in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) the significance of women’s contributions to the ICT industry.

Mobiha said “creating an inclusive environment where girls can thrive and lead is paramount and NICTA aims to achieve that for females in ICT and related fields.” Mr. Mobiha added by highlighting the value of mentorship and collaboration among women in ICT.
Events like International Girls in ICT Day play a crucial role in bridging this gap and encouraging more girls to explore
ICT careers. At the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, girls in ICT related schools are being supported by NICTA to
pursue their education through scholarship programs.

International Girls in ICT Day serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion are essential for innovation and progress in the technology world. By celebrating and empowering girls, we pave the way for a more equitable and vibrant future leaders in ICT.