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In focus: Women in the IT sector

Less than 30 percent of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals are women, according to the website of the "International Telecommunication Union" (ITU). Worldwide, only about half as many girls as boys study STEM subjects at universities.

For girls and young women to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, they need safe and reliable access to the internet and digital tools. If women do not have access to the internet and do not feel safe online, they cannot acquire the digital skills they need. This in turn reduces their chances of pursuing careers in STEM fields.

To raise awareness of the issue, there is the "International Girls in ICT Day". The initiator is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies. This year, the "International Girls in ICT Day" will be celebrated on 28 April.

An overview of the official events for "International Girls in ICT Day" can be found here:

https://www.itu.int/women-and-girls/girls-in-ict/#

Nakeema Stefflbauer, Manager at ERGO Technology & Services Nakeema Stefflbauer, Manager at ERGO Technology & Services

Nakeema Stefflbauer, Division Manager at ERGO Technology & Services, is also particularly committed to women in the technology industry. Nakeema Stefflbauer is the founder and managing director of the non-profit organisation FrauenLoop. The tech expert uses her decades of experience in digitalisation to fight the marginalisation of migrants, refugees and women in the tech industry.

Click here for an interview with Nakeema Stefflbauer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG2aHeBGbO8&list=PLwr_LRnKVpmhQYERTujGywgJfGx02aNEB&index=1&t=6s

Sandra Babylon, Member of the Management Board at ITERGO Sandra Babylon, Member of the Management Board at ITERGO

Sandra Babylon, Member of the Executive Board at ITERGO and part of the ET&SM Global Delivery Leadership Team, talks about her own career in an interview here on //next. She says: "IT is about using technology to make products smarter and improve our daily lives. That's interesting for everyone - regardless of gender, age, background or anything else."

https://next.ergo.com/en/next-best-things/2022/Management-career-ITERGO-Women-IT-Technology-Sandra-Babylon.html

Reading tip

The S├╝ddeutsche Zeitung published a worthwhile article entitled "Coden ist weiblich" (Coding is female) in June 2020 (in German):

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wissen/technik-coden-ist-weiblich-1.4949139?reduced=true