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Workshop „Girls’Day als europaweite Kampagne“ auf der ersten „European Celebration of Women in Computing“ in Brüssel

Die ECWC Conference (European Celebration of Women in Computing) findet vom 25. bis 26.04.2016 in Brüssel statt und ist die größte Karriereveranstaltung Europas für Frauen in der Informatik, die junge Frauen aus der IT-Branche mit potentiellen Arbeitgebern und Führungsfrauen aus der Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft zusammenbringt. Das Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit bietet im Rahmen der Veranstaltung einen Workshop zum Thema "Girls’Day als europaweite Kampagne" an.

Invitation for the Workshop "Girls’Day as a European-wide campaign"

The Girls’Day-Campaign is a very efficient measure aiming to increase young women's interest in scientific and technical fields. Girls’Day is an open day for girls that takes place once a year in technical enterprises, enterprises with technical departments and technical training facilities, universities, and research centers. Girls’Day in Europe started in Germany in 2001 with by now more than 100.000 girls participating in Girls’Day in Germany every year. In the meantime in sixteen other European countries Girls'Day or similar actions take place.

We kindly invite to participate in the workshop. Key stakeholders from relevant areas are expected to participate, so it is an excellent chance to meet experts from relevant fields.

The workshop addresses all activists interested in Girls’Day: Those who already have experience in organizing a Girls’Day in their country, those who are planning to organize a first Girls’Day and those who want to apply the experiences of Girls’Day events to their own projects. The workshop provides practical insight into the setting-up and into management, communication and evaluation strategies of the Girls’Day in order to establish a sustainable and creative network being able to have long-term effects.

To illustrate how to set up a Girls’Day on a national and a regional level, the experiences of Girls’Day in Germany, the Netherlands and in Poland will be specified and discussed in comparison to the processes in the other participant’s countries. Key issues are successful acquisition strategies: How to address and involve the different target groups (girls, companies, schools) in order to build up strong network structures? Which success factors and which barriers can be identified and dealt with? How to establish Girls’Day as a widely known and regularly applied tool for the vocational orientation of girls?

Girls’Day Germany has been evaluated since its beginnings. In the workshop there will be presented findings about different aspects concerning the action day: How is it organized in different places? What feedback is given by different target groups (girls, schools, enterprises and institutions)? What image do have technical and scientific jobs among the participating girls? And is there a sustainable influence of the project on the vocational orientation of girls?

The workshop aims to establish an exchange of experience on a European level to enable the participants to learn from each other and develop together the Girls’Day as a flexible instrument which can be adapted to country-specific conditions and demands. It can also be discussed how to establish a European Girls’Day, involving as many countries as possible.

Further Information and the possibility to register you find on the conference-website: www.womenincomputing.eu

Workshop Organizers:

Bianka Siwinska, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Poland

Christina Haaf, Competence Center Technology-Diversity-Equal Chances, Germany

Wenka Wentzel, Competence Center Technology-Diversity-Equal Chances, Germany

Die ECWC Conference is organized by the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT). The competence center Technology-Diversity-Equal Chances is the German National Point of Contact (NPoC) of ECWT. The mission of ECWT is to ensure, based on a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) of representatives from the business sector, government, academia and the non-profit sector - a major break-through and a measurable and significant European increase in the participation of women in education, entrepreneurship, employment and leadership in STEM and ICT.

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