Connecting Women In Technology
16th November 2018
Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) was founded by Dell EMC, Microsoft and Accenture in 2011 to bring together technology companies with the vision of “connecting and supporting the development of women in the technology industry, now and for the future”. Since then, CWIT has grown to 18 member companies, including BT, Dropbox, eir, Ericsson, EY, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Linkedin, Twitter, Virgin Media, Vodafone and Xilinx.
Senior leaders from the top technology companies in Ireland met recently (Nov, 15) to discuss the continuing gender gap in the technology industry across Ireland. The annual Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) CEO Forum met in eir’s headquarters in Dublin to discuss the importance of promoting careers in STEM at school level and to profile female role models working in the industry to break the perception that professions in STEM are not better suited to males over females.
A recent CWIT study revealed that 59% of secondary school girls still do not know enough about STEM and 22% of them believe that STEM subjects in school match ‘male careers’. The focus of the event was to communicate the positive results achieved by CWIT member companies in the past year and to lay out the strategy for the year ahead, addressing how together they will continue to strive for gender equality across the technology industry through their active participation in practical programmes such as Digital Futures that targets Transition Year students, collaboration with Teen Turn and with DCU on their innovative STEM Teacher Internship programme to help attract females and through themed networking events for women at all levels.
For further information visit www.cwit.ie