[Brussels, 15 July 2020] The Lithuanian Women’s Lobby, national coordination of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) have successfully released the first results of the Go-Digital Project; a European Commission Erasmus+ funded project which seeks to improve the competencies of adult educators in order to increase women’s employment in the digital sector.
The growth of the digital labour market and increased use of digital technologies within the world of work in Europe is clear; the ongoing global health crisis only further emphasised how vital the process of the digital transformation has become. However, women remain significantly under-represented in the digital sector, with women representing only 21.5% of workers overall and only 20% of employees in AI globally.
In response, the European Commission launched the “Women in Digital” strategy in 2016, which outlines objectives to increase women’s participation in the sector, including through education to combat gender stereotypes. Key actions have also been defined within the Digital Education Action Plan, currently being revised and adopted by European institutions.
The Go-Digital project seeks to contribute to the implementation of these strategies by encouraging the recognition of adult educators’ as coaches and role models that motivate disadvantaged women to get employment in the digital sector. The project aims to do this by developing training courses, focused on improving gender equality and awareness amongst educators. As well as equipping them with more effective coaching techniques to better support women’s entry into the digital environment.
Go-Digital partners will also develop an assessment tool to better analyse educator competences in the future and create an online platform of open educational resources for women. The project will conclude in December 2021 and the EWL will continue to support as associated members.
You can find out more about the project iand all implementation partners here