How to attract more women in tech (and get them to stay)
Lekha George, Head of People and Communities for ASEAN and Korea, Cisco, says the first step is to provide exposure to the next generation to experience what it’s like to work in tech.
The world is celebrating the 10th anniversary of International Girls in ICT Day on 22 April 2021. While people and organizations take this chance to celebrate the role that women play in the tech industry, it is also worth taking a moment to reflect on both the progress we have made in advancing gender diversity as well as the issues that still need to be addressed.
In Southeast Asia, the proportion of women working in tech is higher than the global average and ahead of more mature countries such as the US and UK. Women account for 32% of Southeast Asia’s tech workforce compared to the global average of 28%, according to a report by BCG and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority in October last year.
While these figures show progress, there is still plenty of room for improvement. In particular, we still see fewer women than men in leadership.