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Conference & Grand Coalition for Jobs Pledge
ECWT key partner in the Women and Girls Go Digital!

ECWT key partner in the Women and Girls Go Digital!

Conference & Grand Coalition for Jobs Pledge.

In the framework of the Hellenic EU Presidency, the Greek General Secretariat for Gender Equality organized, in collaboration with the European Centre for Women and Technology and in cooperation with 17 national and 3 other European stakeholders, the «Women & Girls Go Digital – WGGDG, Conference and launched a National Action Plan for increasing the female talent in digital jobs», in Athens on the 4th of April, 2014.

Upon the invitation of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Hellenic Ministry of Interior more than 210 high-level officials of the EU Member-States and EEA countries, key stakeholder representatives of the public and private sector, young entrepreneurs, academia as well as women ICT managers and professionals participated in the full-day conference.

Context and Motivation: In the context of Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and the relevant Action 60: Increase participation of women in the ICT workforce, the ultimate goal of the Conference was:

  • To raise awareness on how ICT can be a long-term solution to promote female employment at the European and national levels;
  • To initiate and support better collaboration between Public and Private sector stakeholders aiming at the creation of digital jobs at the national level;
  • To exchange good practice at the European level among participants.

Key Message: The Conference’s aim was to demonstrate the link between e-Skills, Gender Diversity, and ICT as a solution for economic growth based on the creation of digital jobs

Objectives

Focusing on the main issues of the Women in ICT policy, the objectives of the Conference were:

  • To strengthen the positions of women in the ICT sector and the attitude and approach of partners and stakeholders in the labour market when tackling the problem of labour supply & demand mismatch in the EU;
  • To promote good practice for career counseling and mentoring to be mainstreamed;
  • To foster the dialogue between women and ICT companies by promoting the attractiveness of ICT careers among women and strengthening the trust of ICT companies, especially SMEs, in women as employees;
  • To establish direct contact with women willing to start/change to ICT careers and assist them in finding relevant stakeholders for their career development.

 

Thematic approach: The Agenda of the Conference included four sessions:

  1. “Women & Girls Go Digital – WGGDG for increasing the female talent in Digital Jobs”;
  2. Bringing more women into the digital sector;
  3. ‘Knowledge Shots’ for Women in ICT;
  4. Announcement of the nominations for the ADA Awards 2014.

The discussions:

  • identified the existing barriers for women to be part of the ICT workforce at the national level;
  • addressed the digital skills gap;
  • highlighted the impact of the new technology enablers on the female workforce;
  • raised awareness about the added value by including female talent in digital jobs, research, and innovation;
  • promoted new opportunities for young digital entrepreneurs;
  • invited the media to play an active role in presenting good practices of Gender Diversity in Digital Jobs.