Living in Brussels, there are different ways to celebrate the International Womens Day, depending on your interests. Power Women attend this conference today, such as Condoleezza Rice, American Minister of Foreign Affairs. Women with less fancy titles and less abilities to start a war, such as myself, attend a “power lunch” with these people tomorrow.
However, this is the place I wished I had time to go to today, in order to celebrate 8th of March two days ahead. This is a conference for IT girls, and Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, says that “By 2010 Europe will be short of around 300,000 engineers. The problem though is not limited in Europe but is international. To face this globally acknowledged challenge we need to attract young people, in particular young women to enter and stay in the ICT workforce.” Here is the press release from the opening remarks.
In order to attract more girls into the IT business, the Commission is giving some young girls the opportunity to “shadow” a female engineer for a day. Reding can even promise that “it shows that IT jobs can be very sexy indeed!”
Well, not that sexy, but have a look at the video yourself .