European Commission supports global Girls in ICT Day
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 today 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.
Join the discussions on [ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Girl-Digital/554004127957099?ref=hl ]Facebook, [ http://linkd.in/euwomen ]Linkedin and [ http://twitter.com/search?q=%23girlsdigital&src=typd ]Twitter (#girlsdigital) or watch the debate live [ https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/girls-ict-day ]here from 15.00 to 17.00
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