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Women and Technology, in Tandem for the Future

28 July 2020

A report based on a cycle of talks entitled ‘Women and Technology, in Tandem for the Future’ has recently been published. IMI took part, sharing its perspective on the situation of women as professionals in the public sphere.

We live in a technological world that is constantly evolving. Women make up 50% of the population, but are a small minority when it comes to technology. The ‘Women and Technology, in Tandem for the Future’ cycle of talks took place between 31 January and 3 September 2019, and focused on reflecting women’s role in the world of technology, and how to shape a more rewarding future.

Sponsored by Fundació La Caixa, the talks were supported by a variety of institutions, both public and private, notably the IMI represented by Ana Bastida, Director of Quality and Safety, Joana Serra, Director of Strategy and New Projects, Lluís Olivella, the Institute’s former general manager, and former director of  resources Josep Fernández.

There were 11 workshops divided into three blocks, all with the same objectives: to encourage girls and women to choose technological vocations, to foster consolidation when they enter the world of work after leaving university, and also to ensure the visibility of women working in technology, and to help to boost their careers.

The presence of the IMI employees was extremely valuable thanks to their understanding of the position of women as professionals in the public sphere, where the factors that may hinder or discourage women’s careers in the technology sector within the public administration and in university and research environments were discussed.

The Fundació La Caixa has recently published a report entitled ‘Women and Technology, in Tandem for the Future’, and you can access the content and an analysis of each of the individual workshops in the cycle here.

Women in ICT in the Public Administration

Only 30% of ICT jobs are held by women, and less than a third of senior government positions are held by women. The cycle also stressed the importance of ensuring visibility and of empowering women managers, as well as increasing the number of women in managerial roles.