Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - A case for Intervention
The WomenInTech forum was founded by RBS India in Delhi in 2018. The forum is a collaborative industry initiative with an aim to address the lack of women in STEM careers. In 201, the forum started with 15 members and through the year we saw over 150 members from 50+ organizations, 50+schools, 10+ activists and 10+ independent bodies join the forum.
India is increasingly gaining its rightful share as the global talent hub for the IT industry. The number of colleges and engineering universities as much as the specialised short courses that provide curated 'role intensive' training have all, enabled the creation of more and more need centric in-house innovation in the sector.
How can the industry come together to ensure more efficacies through workplace re-orientation that make this a career stream of choice?
What do we do?
Established in 2018, 'WomenInTech (WiT)' aims at promoting STEM as a key career choice for women. This forum enables the technology and HR leaders from the industry, NGOs, top rated academicians and independent bodies connect and work together to build awareness and encourage women to pursue careers in STEM.
Purpose & Ambition:
- To promote STEM as a key career choice for women by bringing industry leaders, NGOs, academicians, technology leaders together to create and execute a plan industry-wide which promotes, encourage women to pursue careers in STEM and widen the talent base thereby eliminating the causes due which women in India drops out from career in STEM.
- To impact 100,000 females in 2018- 2020.
Did you know?
- Women make up 40% of the world's workforce, according to the World Bank. Yet, the technology field is notoriously male-dominated at all levels - Considerably worse than in non-technology industries - As reported by Payscale.
- Only 21% of executives in tech are women - This despite evidence that more women lead to greater innovation and enhanced profitability.
- The two biggest barriers women say they face in the technology workplace are lack of mentors 48% and lack of female role models 42%.
- About 74% of young girls express interest in STEM fields and computer science.(Source: NASSCOM report 2017)
- Indian technology industry has 26% women in engineering roles.
- In India, Nearly 50% women engineers quit technology
- In India, Only 7% women reach the C-Suite.
As the premier professional association for women in the technology industry, we understand the unique challenges you face. No matter where you are in your professional development, or what technology-related field you're in, our forum offers a broad range of support, programs and resources to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom.
WomenInTech forum operates under four key work-streams:
- Schools and Colleges: This work stream comprises of Technology Leaders who provide real time experiential events to create more awareness and interest among young girls and provide guidance and assistance to prepare for STEM careers.
- Scholarships:This work stream provides financial assistance to deserving female students to pursue STEM careers.
- Mentoring:This work-stream comprises of Technology leaders mentors who provide a cross industry mentoring programme to students and female workforce in technology and increase their interest and confidence to succeed in STEM education and careers.
- Second Careers:This work stream supports second-career women who want to return to the workplace and are looking for industry insights to build back their confidence and skills.