Zen Digital CEO and EU Director of greenlight for girls, Cheryl Miller, travelled to Geneva last week to take part in a high-level panel on “Girls in ICT” and to recieve recognition for her work to promote technology to girls, as part of a new global initiative by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union.
This year on 26 April, the United Nations launched its first-ever International “Girls in ICT” Day in which the g4g Europe team actively took part with “Greenlight@Odense Day 2012” in Denmark. In honor of the day, Ms. Miller also wrote an Op/Ed column on “Why Europe Needs More Women Scientists”, featured in the 26 April edition of the European Voice and syndicated here. She also launched an online “hype-ning” to promote the NYC celebration of the day, which included a high-level panel with our very own VP of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, who retweeted this fabulous picture of Cheryl’s “hype-ening”!
In her comments to the UN panel, Ms. Miller emphasized that “every day is ‘Girls in ICT’ Day for greenlight for girls,” a connection she broadly promotes in her capacity as EU Director and Technology Chair for the global g4g foundation.
“And not only does ‘tech need girls,'” continued Ms. Miller, “but girls need the knowledge, access and tools that ICT provides too, as it is with this knowledge that girls will save the world!”
The “Girls in ICT” showcase was part of the larger World Summit for the Information Society and World Telecom and Information Society Day events taking place in Geneva at the same time, where this year’s theme for the latter was also “Women & Girls in ICT”. Ms. Miller also attended the WTISD laureates ceremony which honored the work of Ms. Geena Davis, Ms. Sun Yafang and HE Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina.