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3rd edition of “Girls In ICT Day

Girl in ICT Day

For this3rd On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in ICT, the ICT sector associations OTAM, MITIA and CCIFM, through FINAM, invite you to a webinar to highlight the contribution of women in the sector and encourage other young girls to follow in their footsteps.

As a reminder, each year this day, initiated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April. This one is special because it represents the 10 year anniversary of Girls In ICT Day. The theme is ‘Connected girls, creating brighter futures’. For this3rd edition in Mauritius, this theme will be addressed through “employment opportunities in Cybersecurity”. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 22 from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. (see the ‘practical information’ section for details).

Jenny Chan, FINAM Secretary and OTAM Vice President, emphasizes that “the celebration of this The day is a great time to encourage girls and women to consider a career in the ICT sector. The acceleration of the digital transformation linked to the pandemic offers many career opportunities and work arrangements such as ‘work from home’ that promote female employability »

Indeed, the two previous editions allowed the identification of role models and the exchange of experiences between juniors and seniors. The participants came out more reassured, comforted by being able to share their challenges and obtain advice in both directions. In addition, the sharing of human resources policies to better integrate diversity in ICT companies allowed to highlight good practices.

For his part, Olivier Meyer, Vice-President of FINAM and Director of the CCI France Maurice, states that ” For companies in the ICT sector, Girls In ICT Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the role of women in this field. Our digital businesses are more flexible, nomadic and resilient. The many constraints present in certain areas such as time and space are not effective in digital jobs. That’s why our sector offers employment opportunities and conditions that are highly conducive to equity and inclusion.

For women, this is a real opportunity to combine a professional career with their central role in their family. For example, they can adapt their work responsibly and autonomously in terms of schedules while working away from home. Finally, as the testimonies of the webinar speakers will show, digital technology is a sector that is conducive to the development of women’s careers, as evidenced by the fact that many women now hold positions of responsibility in ICT companies in Mauritius and around the world. »

To return to this year’s edition in Mauritius, its objectives are to :

« The theme of cybersecurity for this 3rd edition of Girls in ICT Day is clear from the increasing number of cyberattacks in recent years: this sector is growing rapidly. Today, cybersecurity, and more generally IT security, must be considered as strategic components of any organization, regardless of its activity or size, and requires very special attention. So I would definitely advise young girls to start their career in computer or cyber security. It is a world that offers multiple choices: from security operations to cybersecurity, risk assessments, application security, investigations, compliance or even lecturing and, why not, ‘Ethical hacking’. “says Lovena J. Reddi, Director of MITIA and Senior Managing Consultant of Mobius Consulting Ltd.

This edition is intended for students, professionals in the sector, policy makers and the general public.

About a hundred participants, employees of the sector, cybersecurity specialists, students, representatives of associations, representatives of the public sector and the United Nations should meet on this occasion to celebrate and seek common synergies to encourage the participation of women in ICT.

Since 2011, more than 11,400 celebrations of International Girls’ Day in ICT have been held in 171 countries. In addition, as many as 377,000 girls and women participated.

The organizers thank the panelists and partners for their support of this event.

Practical information

Registration

The webinar will be held online on the Zoom platform. The deadline for registration is 22 April at noon. Free registrations can be made at the following link: https://bit.ly/GirlsInIctDay_Mauritius21.

It is recommended that participants write their name correctly as a certificate of participation will be sent to them.

The program would be as follows:

  • CERT-MU Information Security Consultant
  • Boodhun-Luchoomun, Manager of Security Operations Center at LinkByNet Indian Ocean
  • Mobius Consulting

This session will be moderated by Dev Hurkoo, Director of FINAM and OTAM and Managing Director of Rogers Capital Technology.

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