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Celebrating Girls in ICT Day: Empowering Female Leadership in AI Advancement | Inclusive Plug RE:IMAGINE Episode 2
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Celebrating Girls in ICT Day: Empowering Female Leadership in AI Advancement | Inclusive Plug RE:IMAGINE Episode 2

In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, the role of women in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has never been more critical. As we celebrate Girls in ICT Day, we acknowledge the immense potential of young girls and women to drive innovation, shape the future of technology, and contribute to global progress. In particular, the intersection of female leadership and advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a remarkable opportunity to harness talent, foster diversity, and address societal challenges.

Historically, women have been underrepresented in STEM fields, including AI. The percentage of STEM graduates varies across different regions. For example, in the Eastern Partnership countries like Ukraine, it stands at 27%, while in the Western Balkans, such as Albania, it’s as high as 49%. However, initiatives like Girls in ICT Day play a pivotal role in inspiring young girls to pursue careers in technology and providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed.

Furthermore, female leadership brings unique strengths to the development and deployment of AI technologies. Women tend to prioritize ethical considerations, human-centric design, and social impact in their work, leading to more responsible and inclusive AI solutions. As AI becomes increasingly integrated into various aspects of our lives, it is crucial to ensure that these technologies reflect diverse perspectives and serve the needs of all individuals, regardless of gender, race, or background.

On Girls in ICT Day, we celebrate the achievements of women in technology and recognize the importance of empowering the next generation of female leaders in AI. By providing opportunities for girls to explore ICT careers, fostering mentorship, networking, and addressing systemic barriers to entry, we can create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Join our discussion in the second episode of the RE:IMAGINE series with:

  • Viktoriia Dvornyk, Data Scientist, Beetroot Academy; and
  • Tyler Foster, President and Chief Technology Officer at Evolv AI

P.S. We encourage you to dedicate your time today to researching and sharing information about groundbreaking work done by women in ICT. For instance, we would like to draw your attention to the work of Joy Buolamwini, an AI researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League. She is known for her work on bias and fairness in facial recognition algorithms. She advocates for more ethical and inclusive AI technologies. To learn more, please click the link.

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Nataliia Koshovska

Before joining RECONOMY as a Gender and Social Inclusion Manager, Nataliia, originally from Ukraine, worked within the UN system for 11 years in particular as a staff member of UNFPA and UNICEF in the development and humanitarian contexts. Nataliia is a passionate human rights advocate and focuses professionally on women’s economic empowerment, stereotypes-free education and career choices as well as promotes gender equality and zero tolerance to violence in the corporate sector.


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