CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force

CEPIS Women in ICT Task ForceThe CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force was established in 2012 to pool the expertise from its Member Societies on the topic of women in ICT, share best practice and develop pan-European activities to increase women’s participation in the ICT profession.

Through information and best practice sharing, the group aims to grow the numbers of women working in IT professions (industrial and academic) in Greater Europe. In order to do this, more women need to be attracted to the technical professions in Academia and in Industry and once there, it needs to be ensured that they remain in the Technology workforce.

In the beginning of 2018, the Women in ICT Task Force produced a list of recommendations for attracting and retaining women in ICT careers. These proposals were presented to the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders.

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CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force Mini-conference - 2014

Members of the CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force gathered in Brussels in June 2014 for a special Task Force meeting. The discussions examined different ways of encouraging young people including girls and women to take up ICT-related studies and careers.

Guest speakers included Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Martine Tempels, Head of Telenet for Business who shared their visions and activities to increase the number of female ICT professionals. Task Force members also provided updates on the action undertaken by their Society to tackle the gender gap.

You can watch the presentations made at the Women in ICT Task Force meeting below:

Session I: How can we encourage women to get into ICT careers

The first session featured interventions from guest speakers that outlined their vision and their activities to get more women in ICT:


Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Victoria Martinez and Solène Souquet

Co-founders and co-managing directors of Girls in Tech in the Netherlands

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Martine Tempels

Founder of CoderDojo Belgium, President of the Flemish STEM  platform, Head of Telenet for Business.

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Oana Sipos

Coordinator of the Rails Girls workshops in Brussels and in Romania. Software developper at UP-nxt in Leuven

Session II: Informatics societies tackling the gender gap across Europe?

In this second session representatives of national informatics societies shared updates on the activities they undertake to tackle the gender gap:

Sharon Moore

BCS Women and the Women In IT Campaign - - - BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

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Manolis Labovas

Projects to provide digital skills to women - Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HEPIS)

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Arnheiður Guðmundsdóttir

 First Icelandic Girls in ICT Day and the UTMessan event - Icelandic Society for Information Processing (ISIP)

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Group PictureTask Force Participants (from right to left): Martine Tempels, Sharon Moore, Manolis Labovas, Sonja Hof, Michel Krmek, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Solène Souquet, Oana Sipos, Skevi Skordalou, and Arnheiður Guðmundsdóttir.