Women in ICT Expert group
As ICT increasingly shape the economy and society, the demand for digital jobs keeps growing but the supply of ICT graduates declines year after year. CEPIS recognises the threat that this poses for the ICT sector, the European economy and competitiveness overall. With the demand for ICT personnel with the right skills likely to increase in the future, we need to promote the participation and advancement of women in digital careers and encourage and stimulate the interest of women to engage in ICT-related studies. The CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force was established to pool the expertise from its Member Societies on the topic of women in ICT, share best practice and develop pan-European activities to increase women’s participation in the ICT profession. The group aims to grow the numbers of women working in IT professions in Greater Europe.
CEPIS DiversIT Charter
The Women in ICT group has developed 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 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.
Position statement on attraction and retention of women in ICT professions
One of the key issues nowadays is that there is a severe lack of women ICT professionals. It is vitally important not only to attract girls to ICT/STEM studies, but also retain existing women professionals. CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force has produced a series of policy recommendations to facilitate the attraction and retention of women to digital jobs.
Position statement: Building the Gender Balance in the ICT Profession
This position statement identifies five priorities to get more young girls and women into ICT and to help close the digital jobs gap. The priorities include the creation of a European Girls in ICT Day and the promotion of strong female ICT role models to inspire young girls.
Best practices and initiatives
One of the activities of the Women in ICT expert group will be to gather relevant initiatives and best practice examples from other stakeholders to inform and inspire everyone to further the cause of increasing gender diversity in ICT professions.
The Business Case: Attracting and Retaining More Women
Building the Gender Balance in the ICT Profession