#EIFasks on Gender in Tech

#EIFasks on Gender in Tech


(energetic music) – It’s Women in Tech and
from the very beginning, from school to university, the lack of attractiveness
of these studies. This is something that
affects the business sector. It’s a business case. – The EU can do a lot, and my Commissioner has been very active in launching
a number of initiatives, you know, breaking
stereotypes, coming up actually with role models so that
we encourage more girls to take up these STEM studies, encourage digital
entrepreneurship for women. I have plenty of initiatives
that I could mention. As coming from the Commissioner, the important thing is that we need to work together, all of us. We need to involve the industry. We need to have many men on board with us, in order, indeed, to have
this quite clear understanding that it’s important for all of us to break this digital divide. – It’s all about education,
and education of course needs to start at the
very youngest of ages, and it’s about educating everyone. It’s about educating girls and boys and everyone around us to take a look at an equal opportunity, for taking a look at the
possibility of their future. And for me, it’s about also
educating about the skill sets that are needed and how that’s related to anything someone might
choose in the future. By doing so, we’re
opening up possibilities of the fact that people can go into fields that they may not have thought possible, but also that they can
take a look at fields that have a connection
and every connection has a connection to technology. – Girls should be exposed
to computer science as early as possible. I think this is the most important thing to help to bridge the
gender gap in the EU. Clear, we see that if
girls are not interested in computer science until age 12, they are not interested
in this field anymore. So it’s very important to start
coding as early as possible. – We need a diverse tech sector. We need to have a
gender-balanced tech sector. So I think the EU can definitely help, putting the highlights on the local and the national initiatives
that can be taken across Europe, and to make it Europe-wide. For instance, I created
a meet-up which is called the Paris Women in Machine
Learning & Data Science. Within one year, we succeeded to get from zero to 1,700 members, and
this is definitely something that you can set up all across Europe. Actually there is other
meet-ups similar to ours in Poland, in Italy, and
I hope more in the future. – I think the EU’s done quite a lot, and I think it’s done quite a
lot to highlight the concerns and has lots of initiatives in place, given of course the competence that it actually has to
do things in this area. Lots of things are actually
dependent on member states or indeed individual companies. I think what we’re looking for is equality of gender irrespective of sex, and therefore there
are certain professions where you, for example, see
far more women than men, let’s say primary school. Shame for young boys to only
have girls as role models. They need men as role models. So I’d like to see some more thought about how you do
benchmarking across the board and how you reward
companies and organisations for getting it right.

Danny Hutson

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