4th March 2020
Civica marks International Women’s Day #IWDCivica
Our people celebrate how we’re #EachforEqual
Across Civica’s geographies, employees are acknowledging International Women’s Day and the importance of building a more gender balanced world. Equality is a global business issue and essential for organisations, economies and communities to thrive. When there are equal opportunities and an inclusive workplace, an organisation’s team members will reflect the communities they represent.
Civica is committed to ensuring that inclusion, equality and diversity is not just a ‘one-day’ programme, but is embedded throughout the employee lifecycle and workplace culture. Civica is appointing a number of Diversity and Inclusion Champions to represent the company's values; they will work to boost equality and diversity at a local level in Civica locations around the globe. Through the Civica Academy, all people have access to unconscious bias training and women leaders have also organised an ongoing programme of lunch ‘n’ learn sessions to educate and empower employees.
Lauren Tubb, Customer Development Manager at Civica, is passionate about supporting other women, including those with their careers ahead of them.
“I often speak to my daughter and her peers to encourage technology careers from a young age. I talk about Civica and the opportunities here which have encouraged many of my friends to consider joining and think about tech careers in this industry as more accessible to them.”
Solutions Manager Natasha Stojcevski finds solace in a network of mentors.
“As a working mother in a leadership position at Civica, I value the relationships I have with mentors – both male and female – to openly and honestly support and share experiences and be role models for others.”
As one of the top three software companies in the UK, Civica particularly recognises the part it plays in supporting gender equality in the tech industry. Gender balance will not happen overnight and must be addressed early on. The gender biases and stereotypes that face a young person then shapes their perceptions of what careers they can and can’t enter, and makes them question their own abilities. Research by PwC has found that just 3% of females say a career in technology is their first choice.
Civica is working to make a difference. Partnering with primary schools in Northern Ireland through its Coding for Kids programme, Civica volunteers are showing children of all genders that a career in tech is exciting, rewarding and open to all. As a signatory to the Tech Talent Charter, Civica is also learning from other organisations on best industry practice.
To support more girls and women consider a career in technology, Civica is increasing the visibility of its female role models, at all stages of their careers. You can now access Civica’s new women in tech hub to hear directly from employees on their careers and the challenges/opportunities they’ve had to get to where they are today.