Apr 23, 2020, 3:09 PM
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UN Chief to “Girls” in ICT Day: World cannot afford to lose your talent

Tehran, April 23, IRNA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the occasion of “Girls in ICT Day”, April 23, while encouraging girls and young women to master their digital skills, said the world cannot afford to lose their talent.

A copy of Guterres’s message was emailed to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.

The full text of UN Secretary-General's message is as follows:

Girls in ICT Day is all about encouraging girls and young women to take up the exciting potential of a career in information and communications technology. It is also about urging governments, industry, and academia to develop strategies to equip and support girls who want to embark on such a career.

The unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, much more effectively than any statement I could make, the vital importance of information and communications technology to society. With billions of people now confined to home, with businesses shuttered from New York to Nairobi, with health services strained to breaking-point, digital networks are playing a crucial role in keeping the world working. They are keeping us connected, supporting health workers treating the sick, and enabling researchers who are collaborating to develop a vaccine.

Digital technologies will be the key to our success.  Digital molecular analysis is helping teams understand the virus, so we can target its weak points. Digital epidemiological modeling is helping us understand the behavior of the virus, to help us curb its spread. Yet, when women are excluded from such work, we replicate and deepen inequalities and gender stereotypes, we create products that don’t adequately address the needs of half the population, and we further the gender digital divide.

So, to today’s girls and young women, I say: digital solutions are going to be central to every major challenge facing your generation. The world cannot afford to lose your talent.  What career choice could be more rewarding than mastering the digital skills that will help you to save our planet and its people?

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