The ICT sector is considered to be a field with severe working conditions, which often include long stretching working hours and unpredictable work-patterns. Working over weekends and late into evenings are all but common attributes of the sector, and thus there is a bias towards the employment of young men who tend to be putting in more hours and willing to sacrifice their available time to their companies. This tendency results in women more than men feeling that they need to make a choice between their family, care and household responsibilities and a career in the ICT field.

It is time to stop this tendency and get more women in ICT, according to EIGE. But, what are the actual reasons for the lack of women in ICT jobs? What can organisations and policy makers do to overcome this challenge and enable more women to participate in STEM and IT jobs? In this episode our guest is Mira Banerjee, Head of Knowledge Management and Communications at the European Institute for Gender Equality. In this conversation we take a closer look on gender and ICT, and get a glimpse into the forthcoming EIGE study on Women and men in ICT: a chance for better work-life balance.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What is gender blindness? How this translates into policy making and everyday life?
  • What are some of the barriers that EIGE identified that are still there in the ICT field for women not getting involved in this sector? How stereotypes can be broken?
  • What is the Gender Equality Index? What does EIGE discern from the last results of the index? What we have learned from previous years about the evolution of gender equality in Europe? What areas improved the most?
  • Last question: what are the most pressing issues in gender equality currently?

The European Institute for Gender Equality is an EU agency which promotes gender equality, fights discrimination based on sex and raises gender awareness. Want to know more? Further information about the work of EIGE can be found here: http://eige.europa.eu/