CEPIS DiversIT Charter
The DiversIT Charter is our flagship initiative aimed at reducing gender disparity in IT roles. It is a roadmap which moves through three levels of attainment: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level has a focus on attraction and retention, asking applicants to showcase their initiatives and policies for increasing gender diversity in ICT professions.
Why more women in tech?
Technology is a growing field and advanced digital skills are at a premium. Women are less than 20% of the workers in the technology and digital professions, and yet are consistently nearly half of the available workforce. In addition, having a diverse team increases productivity, profitability and innovation potential.
What will you gain?
Public recognition of your commitment to increase gender diversity in ICT professions; clear, continuous guidance and concrete recommendations on how to build support for women working in technology roles in your organisation, and an ever-growing international network of organisations with the same priorities!
Application deadlines are: 1 March for the spring assessment session, and 1 September for the autumn session.
The DiversIT Charter is an initiative of the CEPIS Women in ICT expert group. Coming from 8 different CEPIS Member countries, the Charter creators are a group of experienced and knowledgeable experts, thoroughly committed to promoting gender equality in ICT profession.
DiversIT Talks: Sharing best practice
One of the most important features of the DiversIT Charter project is the ability for companies and organisations to share best practice in working towards gender equality in their tech teams. Click through here to read snippets of the DiversIT team conversations with different companies about what they think and do about gender diversity! In addition, here you will also gain insights into what’s needed to achieve gender balance in the tech professions and learn about relevant projects and reports.
Iceland becomes first CEPIS member to receive Gold status of DiversIT Charter
The Icelandic Computer Society (Ský) has become the first CEPIS member society to be awarded the Gold status of the CEPIS DiversIT Charter. The Gold status reflects the organisation’s leading work in encouraging girls and young women to pursue IT studies and advancing gender equality in ICT professions. As a CEPIS member with Gold status, Ský will now have the right to award the Charter to companies and organisations in Iceland. Read more
DiversIT Charter launched on 26 November
The CEPIS DiversIT Charter was officially launched at an online event on 26 November 2020, from 10:00 – 13:00. The event gathered stakeholders from the European institutions, industry, non-governmental and public sector, and focused on challenges and opportunities related to the gender gap in ICT professions. The event also included a detailed presentation of the DiversIT Charter and practical advice for its implementation. Go to event page
IAT adopts DiversIT Charter in national launch event
On 21 November, the Turkish Computer Society (IAT) demonstrated its commitment to gender diversity in ICT professions by being the first CEPIS member society to officially adopt the CEPIS DiversIT Charter, a roadmap and structured programme of activities that organisations can take to establish a supporting environment for Women in IT professions. The launch event, co-organised by IAT and the CEPIS Women in ICT expert group, took place in Istanbul and was attended by stakeholders from both private and public sectors. IAT received the Bronze tier recognition for their work to promote the attraction and retention of women in digital studies and jobs. Read more