In honour of Girls in ICT Day today, LG partnered with Forge Academy to promote career opportunities for young girls in the technology sector.
Started by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, Girls in ICT Day aims to build awareness about the gender gap in ICT, support technology education and skills training, and encourage more girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
In 2020, women occupied just 23% of tech jobs in South Africa. Women in the ICT sector earn 20% to 25% less than their male counterparts. This reflects a gender gap that is also present globally. One of the causes of this problem lies with education. Female students are often not encouraged to take STEM-related high school subjects, which explains why only13% of South Africa’s STEM graduates were women in 2017.
LG hopes to bridge the gender divide in technology by showing its support for Girls in ICT Day and working with initiatives that inspire girls and young women to pursue STEM career paths. By partnering with Forge Academy, LG will roll out sustainable programmes throughout the year to drive skills development amongst girls and women.
Farzana Abdul, Human Resources and Legal Director at LG, explained: “As a global leader in advanced technology, this issue lies at the heart of our vision for the industry. Our corporate citizenship programmes are driven by partnerships between local community citizens and dedicated NGOs. Through this partnership with Forge Academy, we will actively support more girls and women to become frontrunners in the future of ICT, democratising access to technology in our country.”
Forge Academy is a next-generation education facility that focuses on giving African students the skills they need to thrive in a digital age. Using a hands-on lab approach, they encourage learners to become the makers and builders of tomorrow by giving them access to the innovative technologies that underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These include augmented reality, robotics, app development, and 3D printing – all of which offer unique career paths that will become increasingly important in a tech-driven future.
Martine Solomon, Non-Executive Director at Forge Academy, added: “Technology will only continue to create new career opportunities. If we want to tap into the true potential of the youth and technology, we need everyone – especially girls – to get involved.”
Empowering girls to pursue careers in ICT is an accelerator of socio-economic development, helping to ensure that all the great minds of tomorrow are given the opportunity to realise their true potential.