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Women in ICT

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Women in ICT
Women in ICT
"My motto, my dream, my bumper sticker is to get every European Digital and my ambition is to get more women into ICT." Neelie Kroes.
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Only 30% of the around 7 million people working in the information and communication (ICT) sector are women. They are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector, especially in decision-making positions. The ICT sector is rapidly growing, creating around 120 000 new jobs every year. Due to differences in demands and skills – and despite soaring unemployment – there may be a lack of 900 000 skilled ICT workers in 2020.

A study on women active in the ICT sector we published in October 2013, found that allowing more women to enter the digital jobs market can create an annual € 9 billion GDP boost in the EU area. A policy change is needed particularly because of an alarming drop in ICT female graduates (today only 29 out of every 1000 female graduate have a computing or related degree, and only 4 go on to work in ICT-related activities).

One way to reverse this trend is to encourage young people, and in particular women, to take up an ICT-related careers.

Starting on 6 March 2014, the European Commission launches a campaign to find and celebrate digital role models who could encourage young women and girls to study and to pursue careers in IT. We invite women (and men!) to create a video and share their own digital success story to inspire girls and women to think about tech.

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