A growing sector, that of cyber, but still too few women who deal with it. And yet, the high-tech professions are those of the future, given that today's data economy is worth 60 billion in Europe. The women who work in the cyber sector today are only the 20%, an increase compared to 11% of 6 years ago, but still too few, also for a cultural issue.
A space for women in the cyber world and, in general, in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) was dedicated a conference on Monday 23 September in the room of the Queen of Montecitorio. The initiative, called "Cyber Parity", was promoted by Mara Carfagna, vice president of the Chamber of Deputies who, always dealing with equal opportunities, presented a bill to facilitate female students who, with the requirements of merit, they might not pay the university tuition of the STEM disciplines for the regular duration of the courses, as explained by the vice president herself.
The conference was born within the project developed by "Women4Cyber", which is committed to promoting gender inclusion in the field of cybersecurity. Women4Cyber is a European initiative launched by the European Commissioner for digital economy and society, Mariya Gabriel and officially established in January 2019 in ECSO ("European Cyber Security Organization"), dedicated to cyber security in Europe.
We must work and on several fronts to involve women more in the activities of STEM in Europe and every specialist in their field who intervened during the conference underlined the objective, starting with Domitilla Benigni, founding member of Women4Cyber and general manager of Electronics, a group that deals with defense and security systems including cybersecurity.
The other interventions: the Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family Elena Bonetti, the director of the Postal and Communications Police Service Nunzia Ciardi, who pointed out that women are often the victims of cyber crimes, the director of the cyber policies of the ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch government Carmen Gonsalves, the vice president of the LUISS University Guido Carli Paola Severino, the president of the Conference of rectors Gaetano Manfredi and, in connection with Brussels, the director for the European Commission of the Digital society, trust and cybersecurity DG connect Despina Spanou.
A topic of gender inclusion in the STEM disciplines that will deserve further study ...