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Gender equality in the IT workplace: breaking down the barriers (CEPIS)

Virtual Live

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is organising the webinar 'Gender equality in the IT workplace: breaking down the barriers' on Friday, 26 November 2021 from 10:00 to 12:30 CET.The event will take place online via Zoom. 

Featuring speakers from all over Europe and representatives from various backgrounds - private sector, NGO, academia and research, amongst others. The webinar is part of CEPIS' work on the DiversIT Charter, a programme for companies and organisations, who want to recognise and further their efforts in increasing gender equality in their tech teams. 

The event will focus on concrete and practical aspects of reducing the gender gap in IT professions, such as the benefits of diverse teams for businesses, improving company culture, (the importance of) unconscious bias training, and best practices in recruitment to increase the rate of female applicants for tech roles.


10:00 – 10:10  Welcome address and presentation about CEPIS: Byron Nicolaides, President, CEPIS

10:10 – 10:30  Keynote: “A diverse and inclusive workplace – beneficial for everyone”: Sharon Moore MBE, CTO for Public Sector, IBM

10:30 – 10:45   DiversIT Charter – summary and updates

  • Introducing the DiversIT Charter: Petra Kotuliakova, Founder and CEO, “Aj ty v IT”
  • Sharing experience – Attaining the Bronze level of the DiversIT Charter: Nurcan Sunay, Chair of Women in Tech group, Turkish Informatics Society. 

10:45 – 11:00  Award of the Gold level to the Icelandic Computer Society 

11:00 – 12:00  Panel discussion: Practical steps for achieving gender equality in the IT workplace

  • Moderator: Gillian Arnold, Member of the Board, Chair of the CEPIS Women in ICT expert group 
  • Panellists: Ragnar Martens, Co-founder and Director of Product, SkillLab; Kathryn Gunnarsson, Founder, Geko Consulting; Andrea Palmer, Principal Consultant, Infosys Consulting, Chair of BCS Women; Dr Reinhard Riedl, Head of BFH Center Digital Society, Bern University of Applied Sciences; Sibel Soyak Esder, Programme Lead of Million Women Mentors Turkey, TurkishWIN

12:00 – 12:20  Best practice on upskilling: Women4 IT project - Mary Cleary, Secretary General, the Irish Computer Society 

12:20 – 12:30  Call to action and closing remarks

Register for this event!

More information full list of speakers can be found on the event page of CEPIS' website.

Event Details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Target language
Geographical sphere
International initiative
Event setting
Virtual Live