Public hearing - Women in ICT: - extracts from the debate

Type: News   Reference: 93752   Duration: 00:03:04  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 25/04/2013   First transmission: 25/04/2013
A public hearing on women and their use of ICT was hosted today by the European Parliament. The hearing was chaired by Amalia SARTORI (EPP, IT), Chair of the ITRE Committee. According to participants, one of the most stringent challanges the ICT sector is facing in the near future is that one million jobs will have to be filled in by 2015. One of the solutions proposed for the long run is the introduction in the scholar curriculum of courses having a digital component. Other main points of discussion were the stereotypical portrayal of girls and women in the media, industry's responsibility for driving the change in the ICT sector, and the business case for getting more women to work in ICT.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior images with European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium 00:00:05
00:00:10 Cutaways: guests coming to the public hearing (2 shots) 00:00:12
00:00:22 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Amalia SARTORI (EPP, IT), Chair of the ITRE Committee: "We are trying to ensure that the programs can contribute to identifying solutions to reduce the imbalances that exist between male and female. We will need to make the best of the potential of our human resources." 00:00:17
00:00:39 SOUNDBITE (English) Hamadoun TOURE, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union: "In a world where over 95% of all jobs have a digital component and where there is a large and growing skills shortage in the ICT sector we need to get more girls involved in science, technology, engineering and math. And we need to get more girls taking an interest in ICT careers." 00:00:22
00:01:01 SOUNDBITE (English) Hamadoun TOURE, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union: "ICT also remains one of the best mechanisms for increasing women's safety and security and protecting them against violence, and in particular domestic violence." 00:00:12
00:01:13 SOUNDBITE (English) Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda: . "Once Marilyn Monroe was singing that diamonds are the best girl's friends. These days that's not true! ICT skills are girl's best friends." 00:00:20
00:01:33 SOUNDBITE (English) Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda: "One of the challenges in 2015, talking in Europe only, we have to fill a million jobs with ICT skilled-related talent. And that is quite is soon 2015. And we can assure you that if we are not filling in, we are loosing more than one million jobs." 00:00:24
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE (English) Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda: "After all, career decisions are often made early on. So we have to star with the really young ones. So maybe we need computer science right in the heart of the curriculum with teachers trained to use and teach it and change school systems. For it's not only that you have computer science on your list, on your curriculum, but it should be used in all the other parts of education." 00:00:29
00:02:26 SOUNDBITE (English) Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda: "It is an opportunity, it really is! And we are not doing women a special favour, not at all. The industry needs the talent of women and our economy needs our women and female innovation. Digital women are worth more than diamonds." 00:00:21
00:02:47 Cutaways: (3 shots) 00:00:17
00:03:04 END 00:00:00
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