International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on the 8th March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
So today is International Women’s Day and alongside this big event we are happy to announce that we have three additions to the Girl Geek Dinner groups joining the fold. This brings the total number of locations worldwide to 89 and the total number of countries is steady at 30.
Girl Geek Dinners has been steadily growing over the past 12 months and we are getting roughly 3 new groups starting up each month at the moment. This shows that there is still a need for support amongst the women within the technology industry sector in the form of informal mentoring, meeting one another and knowledge sharing. Our events only come about if someone decides that they want an event in their area and someone puts the time and effort in to make these events happen. All our events are run by an amazing team of volunteers and with the support of some awesome sponsors from the local area.
One of the really interesting patterns that we are noticing with Girl Geek Dinners is that these events are happening in all parts of the world, in MEDC’s (More Economically Developed Countries) as well as in LEDC’s (Less Economically Developed Countries). This means that the issue is not necessarily resolved in those countries that are highly developed. The factors influencing and effecting women in the technology industry cross, economic, political and social boundaries. There are a number of common symptoms: negative stereotypes surrounding women in tech, education in mathematics and science subjects is low and a lack of direction to resolve these two fundamental issues.
Girl Geek Dinners is looking at what it would take to make these things change! We challenge you on International Women’s Day to challenge social stereotypes and to encourage parents and teachers to support and nurture children in the sciences and mathematics subjects. Let’s make a difference together!