Leadership Coalition

Promoting leadership opportunities for women in the digital workforce, including women's entrepreneurship

Leadership Coalition Lead Partners:

About the EQUALS Leadership Coalition

The Issue

 

The technology industry has emerged as the world’s economic powerhouse, driving employment and investment and underpinning just about every other economic sector. It’s a field brimming with new opportunity, yet women are all but absent from the senior ranks of most tech companies.

Recent figures show that while women now make up around 50% of the global workforce, they hold fewer than 1 in 10 senior technology jobs. In Silicon Valley, only 2% of VC tech funding goes to start-ups with female founders – and a mere 7% of VC venture capital partners are women. In addition, qualified women are quitting the tech sector at twice the rate of men.

Why it matters

As award-winning actor and gender activist Geena Davis says, “If she can see it, she can be it.” The success of the Coalition’s efforts will create a virtuous circle, creating greater numbers of female role models in tech who will in turn inspire the next generation of girls to aspire to tech leadership.

It’s time for women to take their place at the boardroom table. Making a difference in technology leadership is a powerful way to exert more profound change across the technology sector as a whole. Working together with you, the EQUALS Leadership Coalition will help create a balanced, diversity-friendly work environment where everyone, regardless of gender, has the chance to nurture their talents and shine.

 

Because when women thrive, societies, businesses and economies thrive.
Leadership Coalition Goals

 

Our goal is to ensure 30% of tech leaders are women by 2030.

 

  • Changing mindsets of men and women about the role of women in ICT

  • Ensuring work-life balance and women’s safety and security in the workplace

  • Ensuring tech companies implement internal policies to employ and promote women

  • Ensuring that women ICT entrepreneurs receive the support they need to thrive

  • Ensuring that women entrepreneurs and business owners across all sectors can use ICTs to improve their competitiveness

Get involved

 

If your organization would like to join the EQUALS Leadership Coalition, reach out to us at equals@itu.int.