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Godel Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

March 8th marks International Women’s Day this year, a renowned, worldwide celebration of overall women’s challenges and achievements. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold For Change’. Behind this tagline the aim is to promote true equality between men and women both outside of and within the working world.

In the IT industry, gender diversity has been a much-discussed topic. The issues presented by a lack of women joining, continuing and progressing in IT roles are numerous. On a wide scale, the economy suffers from a lack of women in IT roles: the EU Commission found that more women in IT could potentially “create an annual €9 billion GDP boost”. Individual businesses would also, naturally, benefit from a higher female presence since a more diverse employee base would lead to more varied ideas and opinions across operations.

Godel Technologies is headed by a mostly female leadership team. The portion of Godel which resides in Belarus has shown us in the UK that their views on the ‘women in IT’ topic is very different. In response to discussions on doing a ‘Women in IT’ event in Minsk, Belarus, our CTO Elena Polubochko stated, “What you need to be aware of is that there is a high percentage of women in tech in Belarus compared to the UK, so I am not sure if this is really needed as a motivation tool to get women into IT, in Belarus, they are already heavily involved.”. It is a standard in Belarus which the UK is certainly growing to meet, but whether this growth is happening quickly enough is a matter of debate.

Our company regularly promotes the encouragement of getting more women into technological roles. Last year, Godel entered an all-female software development team into Manchester Hackathon, where they created an application for Co-Op Digital in just 24 hours. Click here to read the full article on this event.

More recently, Godel was proud to see one of our Manchester team, Chloe Barrett, nominated for Young Business Development Professional. The Insider Young Professional Awards exist to celebrate young UK business talent, and they spotlight the growing presence of women in IT roles. Client Director Chloe Barrett is an advocate of getting more women into IT. She stated,

“Women in tech is a broad topic, I feel passionately about it as a whole. I recognise and am grateful for the opportunities for women within the industry and though ‘opportunity’ will mean something different to each individual, it is important we have the same opportunities as men.

My experience during my education is where I feel strongly we needs to focus our energy; how do we change the perception of women working in technology? Growing up I don’t feel I was educated on the opportunities within this industry and I don’t think enough young women are. We need to change the perception and get the younger generation thinking about the industry as one that can provide exciting opportunities and ultimately take you places.”

View the full shortlist for the award here.

In light of International Women’s Day, the Manchester office shared thoughts and ideas on this topic. Click here to see the results of the discussions in this infographic.