Australian Computer Society and the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) to collaborate in Canberra
12 May 2021
- ACS Canberra Branch and the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) have formed an informal partnership in order to provide meaningful outcomes for female technology workers and STEM students.
The ACS Canberra Branch and the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) have formed an informal partnership in order to provide meaningful outcomes for female technology workers and STEM students.
The ACS 2020 Digital Pulse reported that women continue to be significantly underrepresented in Australia’s technology workforce in 2019, with the overall share (29 percent) of women in technology occupations remaining unchanged from the previous year. This is significantly lower compared to 44 percent of female workers in professional industries and the female proportion of employed person in Australia.
The partnership between ACS and WIC benefits both organisations and contributes to their respective missions and will assist to attract, retain and celebrate womens’ achievements in the technology sector.
In particular, ACS and WIC will work together on joint activities and initiatives. One initiative in the pipeline involves empowering women to have workplace conversations around positive career breaks, unconscious bias and career progression.
But it won’t stop there. Increasing female participation requires a whole-of-sector approach and there will, no doubt, be many conversations as a part of this partnership, involving both women and men to continue increasing the inclusive reputation of the ICT sector.
“The Canberra Branch is looking forward to working with WIC to publicly recognise and promote the talents of women in the ICT sector in Canberra,” said Kevin Landale, ACS Canberra Branch Chair.
“We are particularly excited to be able to highlight the career pathways and achievements of the women in our sector, including those who have come into a technology career via non-traditional pathways and backgrounds.”
“It makes sense for WIC to collaborate with the ACS to partner for better outcomes. Our intention is to work together on initiatives that support the vision and mission of WIC and the ACS,” said Megan James, WIC President.
Both organisations are looking forward to working together.
To find out more about how to become a member of ACS, go to www.acs.org.au