International Women’s Day 2020
A gender equal world – what’s not to like about it?
International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of each woman in the world. Let’s use this day for a special shout-out to all females: Ladies, you are awesome and make the world a better place, every day!
In addition, this day is the perfect opportunity to draw attention to the continuing inequality between men and women – especially in the IT industry.
We can already see this problem at our universities. In Germany, only one in five graduates in computer science studies was female. All too often, young women lack the self-confidence to gain a foothold in male-dominated industries. At the same time, we have a blatant lack of skilled workers, especially in the IT sector. In 2019, German digital association Bitkom calculated 124,000 job openings – more braver women would close the gap significantly.
At Datavard, one third of our employees is female, which is considerably higher than at other IT companies. In addition, every third manager is a woman – not only to serve a self-imposed quota of women but due to their individual abilities and potential. This is one of many reasons why Datavard received the Women in IT Award in 2019. We are still extremely proud of this recognition – however we think that in this day and age, what we offer at Datavard shouldn’t be awarded as being exceptional but should rather be the norm. So, this is a plea to companies all around the world to realize the potential of female employees in each and every branch of industry.
We believe that our needs now and, in the future, will only be met by a diverse mix of employees from all over the world – and of all genders. We combine male and female superpowers in everything we do.
Equality is not a women’s issue. It’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – what’s not to like about that?