8 initiatives that show women's place in technology
of women holding leadership positions in the technology sector increased by 18%.
There was also an increase in women in other occupations in the area. The User Experience Designer function, for example, saw a 67% increase in the female sex, while Web Developer grew 43%. Already Frontend Developer had a 19% increase in the rate of female employees.
Still, the industry is still uneven. Data from UN Women Brazil reveal that women are out of the main jobs generated by the digital revolution, with only 18% of them having a Computer Science degree and currently only 25% of the digital workforce.
"Seventy-four percent of girls express interest in the field of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. But the fact is that only 30% of researchers in the world are women, "says Adriana Carvalho, manager of the Principles of Economic Empowerment of UN Women Brazil.
The answer to this came from women themselves, who created programs to encourage girls and women in the world of technology. Meet eight of these initiatives:
The company provides technical services such as computer maintenance, technical support, backup and formatting, hygiene, website and application development, technology and innovation consulting, among other activities. The difference is that all the work is done by women, especially black women, and minority participants.
The idea came when founder Buh D 'Angelo, who is a maintenance technician, robotics, electronics, and industrial automation, realized that being a woman, black and low social class would not have the same chances of success in multinational companies.
In 2015, she began to repair laptops and maintain hardware and software, and the announcement of the service was done via social networks. As the service began to increase, she teamed up with Fernanda Monteiro, who has more than 20 years of experience in the technology market but suffered prejudice after her gender transition. Since then, the company has already presented projects for Microsoft Brazil, Campus Party and recently was classified to represent Brazil in the G20 in Berlin.
Women Up Games
The Game Brasil 2017 survey, conducted each year by the Sioux interactive technology agency, revealed that women are the majority when it comes to video games, with 56.6% of players in the country being female. Despite this, women still suffer from bias in the industry.
With that in mind, Ariane Parra created the Women Up Games, an organization that promotes the inclusion of women in the world of games through lectures, corporate events, women's championships, and games development events.
The group is international and aims to attract women to the IT arena through the Python programming language. The organization has 23 representatives in several Brazilian cities that offer free Python courses from the basics to more advanced content.
According to the team of PyLadies São Paulo, all women who participate in the courses are called to be monitored, even if they are not yet specialists. "They already know the content and can answer more basic questions and have the opportunity to attend the class again. In the next course, those who have already been monitored are invited to teach the class. "
The demand for courses is so great that some end up in less than 10 minutes. According to the data of the group PyLadies São Paulo, the record was 40 places in 9 minutes. "We have the case of a student who, in five months from the first basic course, was a teacher, monitored and got a job as a developer. She became a reference for other students. If she can, we can all. "
Although women are increasingly present in the areas of technology, science, mathematics and engineering, these environments are still very masculine. In 2015, for example, of the 330 entrants to USP's Computing courses, only 38 were women.
To change this profile of the labor market, Ariane Cor, Bárbara Paes and Fernanda Balbino joined to create the Minas Program. A project that offers programming courses for women and which are given to women.
"Until the 1980s, it was common to have women programming, but when technology became a central focus of the economy, it eventually became a masculine environment," says Barbara, who further explains that women are not encouraged to interested in the area.
The group advocates technology is used in all walks of life and that, therefore, this should be a plural environment to ensure democratic solutions. "If women had participated in the creation of social networks, tools to combat virtual sexual harassment would have already been created," exemplifies Barbara.
Many of the programming initiatives for women came about because the women themselves experienced difficulties in joining the area. This is how PrograMaria came about, which organizes workshops, events and technical training courses for women who wish to start in the programming world.
Since its inception, the project has held more than ten workshops and three editions of the Eu Programo Course, which has included 90 women, and a Summit, which brought together more than 130 women to discuss women's place in technology.
"The girls, after passing the course, not only feel motivated to enter the area, but they realize the full potential they have as a woman and a professional," says Iana Chan, founder of the program. "The biggest impact a course like ours brings to women is the fact that they see in the skin the maxim that woman's place is where she wants it."
Créditos/Fonte: Juliana Américo, Olhar Digital