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Barcelona City Council fights the digital gender gap

Posted on 05/03/2021
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Barcelona City Council fights the digital gender gap
Barcelona City Council fights the digital gender gap, for Pexels. 2016. Licence: BY-SA

A new measure by the Barcelona City Council is underway to combat the digital gender gap and promote equity in ICT. It is about fifty actions to increase the presence of women in the technology market, promote digital training and promote scientific careers among girls.

This measure has a budget and two million euros and a three-year roadmap with the aim of giving new impetus to the promotion of women in the digital field and strengthening the feminist perspective in the construction of a society increasingly technical.

The situation of women in the ICT sector in Barcelona

In Barcelona, women currently occupy only 26% of the jobs linked to the ICT sector, and only 8.6% of technical positions. The low presence of women in the digital labor market further reinforces discrimination and invisibility in the technological and scientific field and makes access difficult.

For this reason, the Barcelona City Council establishes four strategic lines to combat the digital divide:

  1. Facilitate women's access to employment in the ICT sector: includes the creation of digital training programs and jobs, such as the BCNF Tech training plan, aimed at incorporating around fifty women in vulnerable situations into the labor market as programming and web development professionals.
  2. Support women in the ICT sector: it is necessary to make visible and recognize the contribution of women to the development of technology industries, in addition to promoting their participation in public policies. In this sense, the measure includes the creation of a BCNF Tech women's network and the promotion of projects of entrepreneurial women technologists.
  3. More public contracting of women: the incorporation of gender clauses in contracts with suppliers of the technology sector is foreseen, in addition to the creation of an internal team of women technologists to promote the digital training of municipal workers.
  4. Girl Scientists and Technologists: Fostering science and technology careers among the youngest is critical to ensuring equity in the digital society of the future. To ensure this equity, the roadmap includes a Steam initiative for primary school girls in collaboration with the Mobile World Congress and agreements with universities to increase the presence of women in technology studies.