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Women in Tech

Women in Tech:

A key success factor for COVID economic recovery

On the 6th of March men and women from around the world launched a call for more women in tech and invited governments to publish an official ranking of establishments/universities teaching STEM based on the proportion of women among graduated students. 

With more than 200 hundred personalities representing the public and the private sector, Eva Fabry, Director of the European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT has joined the call initiated by Claudine Schmuck, Founder of Gender Scan, to draw attention to the lack of progress for women in tech still today, when the examples of Katalin Kariko, Laurence Devillers, Esperanza Martinez Romero, Ritu Karidhal and Catherine Ngila demonstrate how decisive women’s contribution to innovation can be.

Today, fewer women enter scientific and technical studies, where they only represent 34% of all STEM graduates in the world. This situation worsens on the job market in part due to sexism, where the proportion of women drops to 28% among scientists and engineers. The call for action invites governments to publish officially each year a ranking of STEM universities by the proportion of graduated women. This action will enable to evaluate of the ability of universities to attract and retain the women needed by public and private R&D. It will enable to measure from one year to the other the evolution and the effectiveness of solutions implemented.

Developing indicators for action is the focus of Gender Scan. Each edition enables to measure accomplishments as well as next steps. Co-constructed with partners representing students, SME & co-workers, and employees the 2021 survey will remain focused on highlighting achievements and identifying key actions for each target audience: teenagers, students, SME &co-workers, and employees.

The call for action is available on  and it will remain open to new signatories after the 8th of March. You are welcome the join Gender Scan 2021!

Gender Scan presentation:
Gender ScanTM created in 2008 and published biannually since 2017 is a reference survey on women in STEM from education to employment. It integrates data from UNESCO and the International Labor Organization to provide global insights on the evolution of the proportion of women in STEM studies, STEM sectors, and STEM occupations. It also includes results from the online survey. The 2019 Gender Scan survey gathered more than 15 000 respondents from 130 countries.

Gender Scan Partner: ECWT is the leading European Community of more than 130 organizations in women and technology development from government, business, academia, and non-profit sectors working together to measurably and significantly increase the number of girls and women in technology STEM and digital transformation.

Sources: Unesco, Gender Scan analysis – International Labor Organization, Gender Scan analysis – Claudine Schmuck, Director of Global Contact is also the French National Point of Contact of ECWT