CEPIS DiversIT Charter
With ICT skill shortages looming, there is a need for initiatives which aim to attract and retain more women in the STEM professions, where women are frequently called the unexplored capital.
The DiversIT Charter is a roadmap and structured programme of activities that organisations can take to establish a supporting environment for Women in IT professions. The actions are in three main stages (Bronze, Silver and Gold) with themes of activity at each stage. Signatories to the charter commit to engage in with the charter and undertake the activities, which will progressively allow their organisations to build support for women working in technology roles.
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.
Save the date: DiversIT Charter Launch to take place on 26 November in Brussels
The official European launch event of the CEPIS DiversIT Charter will take place on 26 November 2020, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s hotel in Brussels, Belgium, from 10:00 – 17:30 approximately. The event will gather stakeholders from the European institutions, industry, non-governmental and public sector, and will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the gender gap in ICT professions. The event will also include a detailed presentation of the DiversIT Charter and practical advice for its implementation.
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
CEPIS recognises that in order to grow the numbers of women in technology across Europe:
- A comprehensive approach is needed which involves governments, industry and training institutions;
- Most companies and organisations are looking to diverse groups such as women to fill computing and IT roles to make up the shortfall in IT professionals;
- Women decline to work in the IT professions and the retention rates for women professionals are too high;
- Changes are required to existing cultures within the IT working teams across Europe;
- We need to provide guidance on activities and to share best practice on supporting women in ICT;
- Awareness needs to be raised in parents, teachers and employers about the importance of IT careers for women and girls;
- Awareness should be expanded on the benefits of embracing diverse teams (i.e. profitability, innovation, productivity and image).
The DiversIT Charter roadmap moves organisations through three progressive levels of attainment: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level has a focus on:
- Monitoring the current situation;
- Growing the number of female role models within the industry;
- Communicating the message about roles for women in tech to girls, parents, women and industry leaders;
- Setting targets and goals to ensure that progress is made.