On the 4th of October Commissioner Neelie Kroes invited around twenty MEPs of the European Parliament and some experts to explore what more can be done to reduce barriers for girls and young women and to increase and retain the number of women in ICT careers.
Participants of the meeting had the opportunity to learn about Race On Line 2012, the UK digital campaign led by the prominent entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, about the Greenlight 4 girls initiative, in Belgium run by Cheryl Miller, founder of Zen Digital Europe and Belgian National Point of Contact of the ECWT and meet Anne Cheng, Program Manager within the Microsoft Global Talent Labs team in Switzerland.
After the good examples an open discussion followed.Some MEPs were keen to push the women in technology agenda further with a debate, or possibly a resolution, in the European Parliament.
In the view of the Commissioner all EU countries could learn a lot from the UK and appoint their own Digital Champions to do what Martha Lane Fox has been doing. In that way each member state could focus on those people currently excluded – and really get every European Digital.
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