Women and the European Parliament

The world of technology offers many opportunities but few women are part of it. On March 8, European Parliament wishes to draw attention to the problem.

The ICT sector is playing an increasingly important role in the EU economy and creates 120 000 jobs each year. It accounted for 4.2% of the total gross domestic product of the Member States in 2014. The EU is expected to have a shortage of 900 000 skilled workers by 2020.

However, women are poorly represented in information technology. They rarely choose to pursue majors related to the sector and find it hard to find work in it.

In 2015, women were only 17.2% of the 1.4 million people who chose to study information and communication technologies in the EU. In 2016, nearly 8.2 million people worked as IT specialists in the EU, but only 16.7% of them were women.

Strengthening the presence of women in the technology sector is among the topics at the heart of the debates in the EP on the celebration of Women’s Day on 8 March.

“We want to create a union in which everyone can shape the reality around us, shape society, and so it is so important to attract women to the digital sector,” said MP Terry Reintke (Green / ESA, Germany) in a Facebook interview. She is the author of an EP 2016 report on Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

You can watch the interview with Terry Reintke here:

International Women’s Day 2018

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Публикувахте от European Parliament в Сряда, 7 март 2018 г.