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Huawei joins forces in Alliance for IT Equality



Huawei joins forces in Alliance for IT Equality


It was as a result of this idea – that of leveraging diversity and inclusion in a market such as ICT, which is one of the main drivers in the world – that Huawei Portugal today committed to joining this project, which was promoted by the Secretary of State. of Citizenship and Equality Rosa Monteiro, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality. With a series of strategic initiatives aimed at increasing female participation in the ICT sector, such as the Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Era, which took place in August 2021 in Lisbon, and the university scholarship program last December, Huawei has taken another step towards solidifying its dedication to gender equality with this agreement.

According to DESI’s Women in Digital Index, women ICT specialists in Portugal account for only 1.8% of total employment, compared to 6.2% for men. These are some of the statistics that illustrate the gender inequality in the field of ICT in our country and initiatives such as the Alliance for Equality in ICT are trying to solve it.

It was as a result of this idea – that of leveraging diversity and inclusion in a market such as ICT, which is one of the main drivers in the world – that Huawei Portugal today committed to joining this project, which was promoted by the Secretary of State. of Citizenship and Equality Rosa Monteiro, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality.

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With a series of strategic initiatives aimed at increasing female participation in the ICT sector, such as the Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Era, which took place in August 2021 in Lisbon, and the university scholarship program last December, Huawei has taken another step towards solidifying its dedication to gender equality with this agreement.

For Toni Li, CEO of Huawei Portugal, the company’s accession to the Alliance for Equality in ICT “is further proof that Huawei is unquestionably committed to contributing to the creation of a more inclusive digital age”. As such, guarantees the official, “we want to be part of the solution and, therefore, we seek to share our know-how and collaborate with all interested parties in order to blur the differences that still exist between genders, not only in terms of access to education, as well as the job market.

Sandra Ribeiro, President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, stressed at the protocol signing ceremony that “it is essential that economic agents participate in these projects so that gender equality becomes a reality as soon as possible in Portugal”

The Alliance for Equality in ICT formalizes the partnership network of the “Engineers for a Day” program with the aim of increasing the digital inclusion of women and their participation in engineering and technology, structuring and consolidating means of systematic cooperation and dissemination of activities carried out by the partner organisations.

The objectives of the Alliance for ICT Equality are outlined in the Action Plan for the Digital Transition and the Recovery and Resilience Plan, which contribute to the realization of the National Strategy for Equality and Non-Discrimination in Portugal 2018-2030 “Portugal + Equal”.