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More women in IT: Alliance wants IT to be a compulsory subject

The #SheTransformsIT alliance calls for more women in digital professions and wants, among other things, to enforce gender-sensitive language and IT as compulsory subjects. The more than 50 representatives from politics, business, culture, science and civil society are pursuing a 10-point plan with various measures. According to a study, the proportion of women in information technology and telecommunications (ITC) is 17 percent, and that should change. Companies such as Vodafone, Deutsche Bahn, SAP, Deutsche Post and Bosch support the project.

As part of the digital promotion of children, the plan provides for the nationwide introduction of computer science as a compulsory subject – with the necessary additional qualifications for teachers and educators. The alliance also wants to promote more women at universities. Germany-wide guidelines for gender-sensitive language and role models to avoid gender stereotypes are also required. Extra-curricular measures should also give girls more opportunities in digitization.

According to the alliance, there is a lack of opportunities to get women into digital jobs and to keep them there. SheTransformsIT has identified a further problem that there is a lack of modern workplaces and care places for small children. The ministries should also anchor the sensitivity to equal opportunities in all areas. The initiative explicitly addresses the education ministries, as they take the decisive measures for school education.

The association was founded in autumn 2020 at the digital summit of the federal government. Dorothee Bär, Anke Domscheit-Berg, Iris Plöger and Saskia Esken were among the first to sign the initiative.


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