Ayitic Goes Global highlighted during the G20 Summit
Ayitic Goes Global, a LACNIC initiative aimed at providing training and increasing access to employment in Haiti, was presented by the Canadian Government at the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany, as one of the emblematic projects funded by that country to strengthen the digital skills of women and girls and promote their inclusion in the technological sector.
The Ayitic Goes Global initiative (http://www.ayitic.net/en/)is financially supported by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada and seeks to foster new technical skills and access to digital jobs in Haiti.
During the G20 Summit, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, emphasized the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This commitment extends to other G20 member countries which released the #ESkills4Girls initiative with the support of UNESCO, UN Women, the ITU and the OECD to address the current digital gender divide, particularly in low-income and developing countries.
Within this framework, the Canadian Government cited the example of the Ayitic Goes Global project as one of the best ways to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world through the participation of women and girls in digital environments (https://eskills4girls.org/preparing-haitian-youth-for-digital-jobs/).
“People have asked us to work together to make our societies fairer and more secure. We have renewed our commitment to do so during this G20 Summit. As our planet becomes increasingly interconnected, we need to promote strong, sustainable economic growth that works for everyone, and embrace the need to be socially and environmentally responsible. This is about creating jobs and opportunities for everyone, and building a healthier and more prosperous tomorrow for our children and grandchildren,” said the Canadian Prime Minister
Ayitic Goes Global (www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-zu8ZOEl7Y) expands on the activities LACNIC has been leading in the Caribbean country since 2013. In this new phase, Ayitic is going global, adding important innovations such as online technical courses through an e-learning platform, training for women in digital data management, and efforts aimed at inserting participants in digital employment markets both in Haiti and abroad. The project will also promote the creation of an Information Technology Cluster in Haiti, designed to strengthen the country’s critical Internet infrastructure.
These new proposals will add to the training activities for information and communication technology professionals already implemented in prior editions of the project.
“Ayitic Goes Global embodies the values defined in LACNIC’s mission as regards our commitment to building capacity for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean. We are convinced of the value of the Internet in empowering the regional community and, in this particular case, as a tool for including women in Haiti in today’s digital job market. We still have a long way to go, so we hope that this early acknowledgment will kick off a new stage of important transformations,” noted Laura Kaplan, Development and Cooperation Manager at LACNIC.