|Title||The Digital Way to Employment: Addressing cultural barriers and stereotyping for women careers in digital|
The increasing participation of women in a predominantly male sector as the ICT industry is indicative of the social progress towards gender equality and overcoming gender stereotypes. Thus, encouraging young girls to pursue courses in this area and women to pursue careers in the ICT sector is not only a matter of social justice or increasing diversity but an economic necessity. For this sector-specific growth to have a positive impact on women’s employment, much can be done at the policy level as well as in the realm of cultural biases. Even small actions on local, regional level, if they have a joint interface to showcase and promote their results on European and international level, can successfully contribute to changing cultural traditions and stereotypes about women’s role, eliminate internal barriers and socio-psychological factors, such as the lack of self-confidence. The perception that tech is a ‘job for the boys’ is something that can only be broken down in time, and through leading by example – by portraying successful women working in ICT, so that the “geek” stereotype often attached to these careers can be broken. “The Digital way to Employment” addresses cultural barriers and stereotyping of women roles in business by introducing young women to digital occupations. The project addresses girls and young women, aged 15 -29, including NEETs, or those involved in the last phase of the general secondary education, or coming (or willing to come) back to work after a gap in their careers, with the aim to contribute to the relevance of their understanding and attitudes to ICT career, and thus to increase women’s participation in high-wage, high-skill fields, their inclusion, employability and economic security.
|Institutional Budget||18.480 EUR|
|Coordinator||Ayuntamiento De Quart De Poblet, Spain|
|Program||Erasmus+ KA2: Cooperation Partnerships in Adult Education|
|Institutional Project Coordinator||Prof. Dr. Çağrı BULUT|