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Wanted: more women in digital jobs. European Commission supports global Girls in ICT Day (APRIL 25th)

How can we encourage more young female tech talent into digital jobs? The European Commission, European Parliament and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are coming together on Girls in ICT Day (25 April) to find new ways of encouraging girls to take up careers in ICT and to show them the opportunities on offer.

> 7 million people work in the information and communication (ICT) sector in Europe. Out of the ICT workforce, only 30% are women.

> The ICT sector is rapidly growing, creating around 120 000 new jobs every year

> There will be up to 900,000 unfilled ICT-related vacancies in 2015.

> Of every thousand women with a bachelor's degree in Europe, only twenty nine hold a degree in IT.

> Out of those twenty nine, only four work in the ICT sector.

These issues will be explored in depth at a European Parliament hearing organised by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. On the agenda: the stereotypical portrayal of girls and women in the media, industry's responsibility for driving change in the ICT sector, digital skills, and the business case for getting more women to work in ICT. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, will share her views alongside speakers from the digital and tech sectors.

Girls in ICT Day complements the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs (IP/13/182), the Commission's partnership with Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to boost digital jobs and training. It is also part of the Commission's wider efforts to attract young women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematic subjects and into research careers.
Girls in ICT Day is an ITU initiative that has been held annually since 2010 around the world. It is one element of ITU's on-going Tech Needs Girls campaign.

In Brussels, Girls in ICT Day starts with DigitaLive, workshops showcasing digital and tech jobs as an attractive career choice for young women. Topics range from the technology behind DJing to building robots, designing mobile apps and imagining digital futures as far ahead as 2050.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, together with Céline Fremault, Minister for Scientific Research of the Brussels-Capital Region, will visit the workshops and talk to school students from the Brussels area about the opportunities which digital and tech jobs can offer.

Useful links:

Girls in ICT Day in Brussels:

Women in ICT::

Hash tags: #girlsinict, #girlsdigital, #womendigital

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

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I was just curious if there's cirriculum/programs that are in high demand that folks might be able to dig into or share the knowledge of on-line? And if so how we can get them out there and accessible for possible remote worstationing?

I believe one should make a survey and also a literature review in order to answer your broad question...
Anyway, from the posting one can guess such subject and domains are essential:
1) science, technology, engineering, and mathematic subjects;
2) research careers;
3) general digital skills.

Kindest regards,

Ana Isabel
skype: anaisabelbbp

anaisabelbbp's picture

More info!

I just found this interesting posting with a broad picture of their actions, that reveal ICT-related content about jobs, careers, skills, expertise:

Pillar VI: Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion

Over 50% of Europeans use the internet daily – but 30% have never used it at all! Moreover, disabled persons face particular difficulties in benefiting fully from new electronic content and services. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, everyone needs enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society. The Digital Agenda tackles the digital divide.

List of Actions
Action 57: Prioritize digital literacy and competences for the European Social Fund
Action 58: Develop a framework to recognise ICT skills
Action 59: Prioritise digital literacy and skills in the 'New skills for jobs' flagship
Action 60: Increase participation of women in the ICT workforce
Action 61: Educate consumers on the new media
Action 62: EU-wide indicators of digital competences
Action 63: Evaluate accessibility in legislation
Action 64: Ensure the accessibility of public sector websites
Action 65: Helping disabled people to access content
Action 66: Member States to implement digital literacy policies
Action 67: Member States to implement provisions on disability
Action 68: Member States to mainstream eLearning in national policies


Kindest regards,

Ana Isabel
skype: anaisabelbbp

When you mentioned that changing stereotypes of girls and women in the media were part of the agenda for that hearing it caught my interest. I imagine what a positive impact it would make if we would start seeing women of all different body types, women with something to offer besides sex appeal. That would have a lot of power.

Diane Ezeji

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Such inspiring information!

Thank you for bringing our attention to this event and movement to get girls into IT jobs! We can do it!

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