Friday, March 23, 2012

CompTIA aims to bring more women in IT

CompTIA is creating a new community aimed at enhancing IT career opportunities for women.

Advancing Women in IT Community aims to empower women with knowledge and skills required to help flourish with an IT career as well as inspiring women to take IT field as their career choice. The group is 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 has revealed that female employment in the IT industry reached its high point in 1991, when women made up 36 per cent of the industry’s workforce. From then on, the number of technology jobs held by women has been on the decline.

“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.” 

The CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community launches with members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa. Members include women working in the IT industry, women seeking IT careers and men who support the mission of diversifying the IT workforce.