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Thumbs up: celebrating girls in tech on International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day we’re asking people to give a big thumbs up to girls and women in technology.

This time last year, the Guardian reported that ‘just 27% of those employed in Britain’s digital industries are women’. Statistics updated by the Women’s Engineering Society last month show that although ‘companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse’, only 9% of the engineering workforce is female and only 15.8% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female.

We want to support more young women to explore STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) and ensure they are encouraged to pursue their interests, training and opportunities are accessible to them, and that barriers and negative stereotypes are challenged.

On Tuesday 8th March, International Women’s Day 2016, we’re asking people to show their support and give girls and women in technology the thumbs up:

1. Choose a bit of code – such as <> / & or { }
2. Print it on your thumb and pose for the camera (check out the images below for some inspiration)
3. Write your message of support, such as ‘My thumbs up for girls and women in tech’
4. Tag your photo #IWD16 and mention @knowlewestmedia
5. Get sharing!

You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram – we’ll share as many as we can!

If you’d like to know more about our projects for girls and young women please get in touch on 0117 903 0444. We’re currently running #GirlsDoCode, a campaign encouraging girls to try coding in our free after-school sessions, and we’re involved in the Bristol Girls Make It campaign.

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Supporting women in technology

Knowle West Media Centre has created a series of photographic portraits to mark International Women’s Day 2014.

Female staff, visitors and young women involved with KWMC created giant placards to illustrate facts, hopes and aspirations – and why they believe it’s important to support young women. They were then photographed holding their card.

View the gallery below or visit the Tumblr post: www.womenofkwmc.tumblr.com

We have worked with young people since our inception in 1996 and we are currently planning a new programme to support more young women to gain the skills and knowledge needed to enter and progress in the technology workforce, which currently has a significant gender imbalance. Only 17% of the technology workforce is female and this figure is decreasing by 0.5% each year[1].

KWMC wants to support young people to become producers as well as consumers of technology. We want to encourage more girls and young women to experiment, learn new digital skills and develop ideas so that they are better able to recognise a wider range of opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

Further details about the ‘Girls in Tech’ programme coming soon. Contact Penny for more information.


[1]E-Skills (2011) Analysis of data from the ONS Labour Force Survey 2001 to 2010, London.

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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