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  • The information and communication technology (ICT) sector represents 12 million jobs in Europe and 6% of EU GDP.1 In spite of current economic fluctuations, the turnover of computers, software and IT services . In Western Europe is expected to increase by 2% in 2009, to around € 315 billion.2 However, the sector is under threat from Europe’s changing demographics. Forecasts suggest from 2015 onwards deaths will outnumber births across the EU27 and population growth due to natural increase will cease . The EU27 population is projected to continue to age, with the share of the population aged 65 years and over rising from 17.1 % in 2008 to 30.0% in 2060. For every one person aged 65 or more in 2060 there will be only two persons of working age, compared with four persons to one today. Estimates suggest that 20 million new jobs will be created across the EU between 2006 and 2020. As a result of Europe’s demographic challenges, another 85 million jobs will need to be filled to replace people who retire or leave the labour market for other reasons. CEPIS forecasts a shortfall of 70,000 skilled ICT workers by 2010 . If employment rates amongst women remain at current levels, Europe can expect to see a shortfall of 24 million people in the active workforce by 2040. If women’s employment rates equal men’s, then the projected shortfall drops to 3 million . Some 40% of the EU population has no basic computer skills “EU27 will be short of 300.000 ICT-qualified staff by 2010” • And not to forgetthe ICT Gender Gap continues to grow, with the small proportion of female computer science graduates dropping a further 4% between 1998 and 2004 … • Only 57% of females in the EU are employed ( meaning:„paid‟ for their work, right? What‟s about the „unpaid‟ work ...?) • Girls are 5 times less likely to consider a tech-related career than boys ( despite using computers at similar rates …) • But some 100 years ago first female students were admitted to universities, today, their share in medicine is 60% worldwide …
  • Lisbon strategy goal: to ensure that women‘s active emplyment is above 6o% by 2010 (today 30%)


  • 1. "Countries that do not fully capitalize on one-half of their human resources are clearly undermining their competitive potential“ Augusto Lopez-Claros, Chief Economist , Director of the Global Competitiveness Program , WEF 2005 Women in Technology – in a European Context Eva Fabry / ECWT, Brussels, 20-03-05
  • 2. Workforce in a changing ICT industry
  • 3. The gender divide in the knowledge based economy
  • 4. Primary and secondary education
  • 5. Tertiary education
  • 6. …… ..and The Leaking Pipeline
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  • 8. © INSEAD eLab 2009 Skills Pyramid WEF GCI 2008-09
  • 9. © INSEAD eLab 2009 Skills Pyramid WEF GCI 2008-09
  • 10. approach to diversity in the workforce Embedded throughout all core talent processes Foster a culture of inclusion at all levels through leadership and employee involvement Retain high performing diverse talent through career moves, talent management and focused development Drive diverse talent representation at all levels of HP Strengthen reputation as employer of choice for best-in-class diverse talent Build strong diverse pipelines of talent, ready to take on larger roles GROW & ADVANCE ATTRACT diverse talent ENGAGE & RETAIN DEVELOP ready-now pipeline
  • 11. Gender Diversity as a Corporate Performance Driver: T alent – A cquisitions – R etentions - A dvancement Women Matter -- Gender Diversity a Corporate Performance Driver: McKinsey & Company (2007)
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    • Getting more girls and women into ICT is an economic necessity!
    • Code of Best Practices
    • Shadowing
  • 13. The added value of gender throughout the entire innovation chain
  • 14. Entrepreneurship
    • Boosting growth:
    • More women as inventors and innovators (ITEC Innovation Award)
    • More women in Knowledge Transfer (technology for human well being)
    • More women as entrepreneurs (new market ideas)
    • More women in high-skill, high-tech employment (economic and social benefit)
    • Five major issues:
    • Access to capital
    • Access to information
    • Acsess to markets
    • Acces to networks
    • Validation
  • 15. Leadership
    • The ITF has
    • A holistic approach
    • Global multi-stakeholder network
    • A Bold strategy and
    • A Global platform to lead global knowledge management
  • 16. The ECWT leading global collaboration in women in technology
  • 17. 4.The European Centre for Women and Technology (EWCT)
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  • 23. The European Directory of Women and ICT Endorsed by
    • Core philosophy:
    • Web as platform
    • Software as a Service (Saas)
    • Basic Principles:
    • CollaborationWare
    • Ecospace - process oriented collaboration
    • Extensible: interoperability
    • multilingual, multipurpose
    • Multilevel and Strict Authentication
    • Easy to use
    Web Technology
    • Core philosophy:
    • Collectively designing a structured megacommunity knowledgebase
    • Users contributing to marketing, dissemination and leveraging of resources, research and progress
    • Basic Principles:
    • Structured community building by a critical mass of empowered users
    • Collaboration across regions, across sectors, across scales, across times, across and within stakeholders
    • Multi-stakeholder and multi-sector interaction
    • Transparency
    • IPR
    Web Community
    • Core philosophy:
    • People and technology interaction (context) driven services
    • Basic Principles:
    • Compliance
    • Social innovation
    • Open business model
    Web Business
  • 24. Thanks 4 your attention! Eva Fabry [email_address]