Event Organisers We Want #30pc Quota

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IN 2015 TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MARKETING CONFERENCES IN IRELAND CONTINUE TO UNDER-REPRESENT FEMALE SPEAKERS. 

In some cases, women do not appear at all. For example, the Sunday Business Post event, planned for 28th May 2015, has an all male line-up. This is not acceptable. This implies that there are no decent or worthwhile women in “360 degrees of digital” who are worthwhile listening to at a conference. We know this is not true.

DigiWomen and other women’s groups have been calling these organisers to encourage them to change the ratio. So with WITS, PyLadies Dublin, Irish Girl Geek Dinners, Coding Grace and AskATon Events we issue a request for the organisers of Swipe to increase the number of women speakers to 30% before the 22nd of March 2015.

To make their job easy, we have come up with a list of alternative speakers for this event. The event organisers are welcome to draw on these suggestions, or come up with their own so that there is a minimum of 30% female speakers on the line-up before 22nd March 2015.

Suggested Alternatives for Swipe Summit

IF WE DO NOT SEE A CHANGE IN THE GENDER BALANCE OF SPEAKERS AT SWIPE, WE WILL BE RALLYING MEN AND WOMEN TO TAKE ACTION TO SHOW EVENT ORGANISERS THAT IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. 

We want all organisers to commit to a quota of having at least 30% female speakers. Quotas have been proven to work and are necessary when organisers like the Sunday Business Post keep having events with either no women or very few.

For now you can do 3 things to show your support:

1)   Share the image of alternative speakers (as above) on your blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social platforms today.

2)   Use the hashtag #30pc  to show your support for this.

3)   Follow any of the women in tech groups to get updates & keep informed

DIGIWOMEN AND OTHER WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATIONS ARE SAYING THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Will you be ready to join them?

DigiWomen                      @DigiWomenIRL 

WITS                                  @WITSIreland 

PyLadies Dublin      @PyLadiesDub

Ireland Girl Geek Dinners @IrelandGGD

Coding Grace                       @CodingGrace 

AskATon Events                @AskATonEvents 

*Update. We released the above as a media release yesterday and the event organiser from the Sunday Business has been in touch to say :- ‘The list of speakers has not been finalised (it now stands at 10 male speakers). That the Sunday Business does not have an all male line up policy”

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5 Comments

  1. Anthony Quigley 16/03/2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi Pauline – you might like to have a look at an event that I am involved with – http://www.3XEdigital.com. At the moment, the lineup is made up of 50% (yes, fifty percent) women. You might like to highlight this in your discussions.

    Otherwise, hope all is well and let me know if there is anything that I can help with in your efforts

    Anthony

    • Pauline Sargent 16/03/2015 at 9:06 pm #

      Hi Anthony

      A good gender balance line up should be the norm. Is this a norm for your events? The January 2015 appears to be similar to Swipe and features mainly men on this link http://3xedigital.com/speakers/

      Also is the DMI willing to promote and commit to a 30pc quota for all future events? That would help change the ratio. As it is only with event organisers like yourselves recognising that this is an issue and taking real, ongoing action to make it change.

      DigiWomen want to help event organisers make it easier to get a good gender balance and will be in touch about how this can be done.

      All is good thanks. And delighted to say that the Sunday Business Post Events have committed to the 30pc quota for their Swipe event.

      All the best,

      Pauline

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