is delighted to announce that nominations are open for the Women in IT Awards, UK!

According to a report by The World Bank, women make up less than 40% of the total global workforce. Recent findings from Women in Digital and Woman Tech Network show that in Europe only 17% of ICT specialists are women, only 34% of STEM graduates are women, and women in the ICT sector are earning 19% less than men. While progression around gender equity has, arguably, taken larger leaps than other areas of inclusion, there is still much more to be done.

Looking beyond gender, we find a notorious lack of representation globally of black and minority ethnic professionals, workers with disabilities and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Diversity at all intersections is critical in tech, as it enables companies to create better and safer products that take everyone into consideration, not just one section of society.

The prestigious Women in IT Awards initiative, presented by DiversityQ, has been working to change these statistics since 2015, by providing a regional and global platform to showcase advocates, role models and allies working together to break digital boundaries and promote the importance of a more inclusive tech sector. Year on year we reassess, adapt and innovate, introducing new categories to remain inclusive and considerate of market developments, roles and responsibilities.

We will award high-achievers, advocates and role models across the UK’s tech sector, from the efforts of entrepreneurs and start-ups, to large corporate and industry champions. This year, there are 20 categories including CTO, DEI Initiative, Next Generation Leader, Innovator and Woman of the Year.

Do you, or someone you know fit the criteria? Nominate today and be a part of this fantastic initiative driving real change; you can submit a self-nomination and share your success story, or enter an individual or organization whose work in the space deserves industry recognition.

By continuing to identify new industry role models, we can inspire students and graduates, build a united community of change makers, and motivate professionals to continue their work in technology and in the community.

Nominations close on the 30 April 2021. The winners will be revealed in a virtual ceremony on the 24 June 2021.

Prior to the awards, we will be hosting the Women in IT Summit UK on 23 June.

We invite delegates from around the world to join us on 23 June as we continue covering the most pressing tech issues and driving key diversity, equity and inclusion conversations forward.