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April 4, 2009

Wanted: Cyberellas

Filed under: crisis communication, employee communication, Kirsten De Weerdt — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 1:22 pm

Nowadays, the sector of ICT – information and communication technologies – is still dominated by men. You can hardly find any women in this business. However, the sector could surely use some female IT specialists because there is a large ICT skills shortage.

In Europe, there is a shortage of 100,000 IT specialists. Moreover, this number is expected to reach 300,000 by 2010. The European Commission believes that the jobs in technology should be more appealing for women, so that female IT specialists, also called cyberellas, could fill the gap.

The European Commission would like to set an example and  is setting up a campaign to promote ICT among females. On the 3rd of March, there was a conference named “Cyberellas are IT” where the European Commission received a signed Code for Best Practices for Women in ICT by some of the major actors in the ICT sector such as Microsoft and Motorola. The Code aims to attract women at schools and universities to the high-tech sector, but tries also to retain and promote women already working in the ICT sector. The European Commission also organized a series of “Shadowing days” to show young females that technology is not at all “strictly for geeks/men!” 

Just take a look and see if you are convinced that we can all do IT!

 

(Kirsten De Weerdt)

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2 Comments »

  1. I think this is a very good initiative! I believe that women can perform an IT job just as excellent as men can. It’s just that they are not so attracted by this kind of work. If we motivate women a little bit more, may be they will see the advantages of working in IT, like working from home, earning a lot of money,…Ladies, we can do IT!

    Lien Van den Broeck

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — April 5, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  2. I also believe that all this iniatives are very good to encourage more women to perform an IT job. I was wondering if there were other initiatives to encourage women for this. And it seems to be that the projects you were talking about, are not the only one. I found two other examples that I find worth mentioning.

    First of all, there is the NCWIT , the National Center for Women & Information Technology. This is a coalition of more than 160 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits to increase women’s participation in information technology.

    Next to that, I found witi.com, a website that focuses especially on women in technology jobs, like IT. This website gives women all kind of information to empower them for doing a job in the technology sector.

    All I can say is that I was very pleased to see that there exist other websites, specifically aimed for helping women to find a job in the IT. Thumbs up for this!

    Anja Peleman

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — April 8, 2009 @ 2:29 pm


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