Friday, 23 March 2012

CompTIA pushes for more women in IT

CompTIA has launched a new member community which aims to expand the role of women in IT.

Advancing Women in IT Community is aiming to provide women with knowledge and competency needed to flourish to have a successful IT career as well as inspiring women to take IT field as their career choice. The community targets to be an information resource, provide mentorship and networking opportunities, develop member-driven initiatives and programs, and take an active role in legislation involving women and careers.

“Women have realised many breakthroughs in the workplace, but the truth is our progress has stalled in IT,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA.

A research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology shows that post 1991, when women made up 36 per cent of the industry’s workforce, female employment in the IT industry reached has been steadily declining.

“As someone who has spent nearly my entire career in high-tech industry, I’m acutely aware of the gender gap,” Hammervik said. “CompTIA is committed to doing its part to raise awareness of the valuable role women can and do play in our industry and to effect change to bring more women into our ranks.” 

Members include women working in the IT industry, women seeking IT careers and men who support the mission of diversifying the IT workforce.