After 2 years of pandemic, the digital world is in turmoil: it is estimated that nearly 90% of jobs in Europe have a digital component. But in this field, inequalities persist. Indeed, women represent only 18% of the specialists in information and communication technologies (ICT) in Europe in 2020 (source: touteleurope.eu).
This is why it is necessary to unite our efforts to act: in this context, Qim info has decided to participate at the Girls Coding Club project led by the EPFL.
A club to aim for parity
The EPFL project focuses its efforts on the initial education of young girls (between 11 and 16 years old) to encourage an increase in the number of women who will work in the fields of ICT and engineering.
Some studies have shown the importance of family settings in keeping girls away from the digital professions, even though many innovations have been created thanks to illustrious women: Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor of a telecommunications security system in 1941, still used today in wifi and bluetooth links, or Margaret Hamilton who designed the on-board system of the Apollo 11 space program that allowed men to land on the Moon in 1969.
Qim info female employees as mentors
At Qim info, women represent 21% of our workforce in 2021.
After various exchanges with the EPFL on this subject, it is with real enthusiasm that we have answered present to participate at the Coding Club for girls as a mentor! Indeed, one of the objectives of this club is to present to these young girls active women with various backgrounds in the ICT fields.
5 Qim info employees will present their career path and their story during workshops between the end of February and the end of April: Julie Prud’homme, Director of our Lausanne office; Céline Monneret, Recruitment Manager; Sandra Vincent, Project Manager / Business Analyst; Sandra Janes, Java Developer; and Charlotte Chartier, Business Analyst.
Our secret dream? To participate in the development of a vocation for some students and to contribute, in our own way, to give girls confidence in their ability to be actors in the digital world!