17/09/18 Digitalisation and the women’s role in the ICT sector

A delegation of 3 Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) will visit Tallinn (Estonia) on September 19-21. The aim of the mission is to know what is the role of women in the digitalisation process of our societies and how can we improve the participation of women in the ICT sector.

Estonia is one of the best examples in the EU. Its ICT sector accounts for 9% of the GDP, and it is the driving force of the economy.

The role of women in the ICT will be key for boosting the economy of the EU countries. According to EIGE narrowing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and labour is one way to create fairer economic growth.

EIGE's (European Institute for Gender Equality) research shows that this would lead to more jobs (up to 1.2 million by 2050) and increased GDP over the long-term (up to 820 billion EUR by 2050). It would also improve the long term competitiveness of the EU economy, due to more exports and less imports that would contribute to an improved balance of trade.