A tough time for progress on women in tech, and sexism & harassment continues
One in five women in IT have experienced sexual harassment, with more than half saying they had experienced gender discrimination in the past three years, according to a new Australian study.
Professionals Australia, a Melbourne-based workplace rights union, surveyed more than 300 people in a study that charts the landscape of the information and communications technology industry. ICT is roughly 28 percent female, falling well short of the 45 percent female average across other professional industries.
Jill McCabe, Professionals Australia chief executive, believes the findings ought to propel the industry into creating meaningful ways to support women.
“This report clearly demonstrates that more needs to be done to attract, retain and support women working the ICT sector,” she told AAP. “Discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace are illegal, damage the careers of affected workers and impact negatively on their health and safety.”
McCabe urged leaders across all industries to reassess their organisations and implement a wider culture of respect towards women.