Empowering Future Leaders: Inspiring Girls in ICT for Leadership 2024 

Event date: 25 April 2024, 17:00 - 18:00 (BST)
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Leadership is the focus of this year’s celebration of International Girls in ICT Day.

The Commonwealth Secretariat will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, 25 April 2024, to further its commitment to accelerate gender equality and the empowerment of girls through technology.

The focus of this year’s webinar is to inspire national and global initiatives and discussions to enhance the inclusion of girls in ICT education, policy-making, and the broader technology ecosystem. These discussions will also feed into related topics at the forthcoming Commonwealth Women’s Forum at CHOGM in Samoa in October 2024.

It is hoped that the momentum gained through the #GirlsinICT campaign will contribute to the broader efforts to advance gender equality in the technology sector.


  • Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KCCommonwealth Secretary-General
  • Itumeleng SenekaneExecutive Head, Customer Value Management, Big Data and Loyalty, Vodacom
  • Vashti MaharajActing Head & Adviser, Digital Trade Policy, Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda
  • Necta RichardHumanitarian Technologist
  • Tamara Dancheva (Moderator), Senior Manager, International Relations, GSMA

The webinar will build on other Commonwealth projects to support inclusion in technology. One initiative is the recently launched Commonwealth AI Academy, in partnership with Intel, a series of six online courses is now available on the Commonwealth eLearning Platform.

Another initiative, a collaboration with 
Open Weaver, aims to allow small and medium-sized businesses to build websites and mobile applications using the platform’s no-code solutions.