International Women's Day 2021

techUK and its members celebrate #IWD2021 where gender remains on the agenda.

International Women's Day (8 March) is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women which has been marked for over 100 years. Today serves as a reminder of the brilliant work done by women throughout history – in times where such brilliance may not have been appreciated – and gives us a chance to look forward.

In 2020, techUK reaffirmed its commitment to abolishing all-male panels and today we want to highlight how we continue to challenge and change the conversation to enable women to thrive in the UK digital and tech sectors.

We can see inequalities dominate public debate in the news. Global events have been a wake-up call for many of us in 2020 about our need to actively tackle the injustice and inequality that affect our friends and colleagues, especially from ethnic minority backgrounds.

This important realisation and shift in attitude has created positive momentum for companies and organisations to have honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about inequality, gender, and race. It has accelerated corporate ambitions for meaningful change, not least within techUK’s members.

We are supporting companies to:

  • Keep gender on the agenda – now more than ever: techUK has joined WISE and 20 other partner organisations to pool resources in a joint effort to continue forwarding diversity and inclusion in STEM during COVID-19.
  • techUK is a founding signatory of the Tech Talent Charter - a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that better reflects the make-up of the population.
  • techUK Returners Hub: Returners programmes offer a supported bridge back to work for people who have taken a career break. Providing ways for people to ease back into work after a career break is a vital way to make sure we do not lose out on their talent and experience. The techUK returners hub was created as a one-stop-shop for people looking to return to a career in digital. The hub signposts to companies open to applications, free resources and training providers.
  • Gender Pay reporting: Data is the way in which we cut through our assumptions. While the use of data does not offer answers, it offers clear areas to work on.
  • techUK is a proud supporter of the WISE campaign’s My Skills My Life which empowers young women to understand the opportunities in tech. It allows girls to use their natural tendency to define themselves by adjectives – such as imaginative or good with numbers (rather than objectively, as boys generally do). The tools translate the descriptions into career types, such as Explorer or Regulator, Persuader or Developer, showing which STEM careers could be of interest.

Each year on International Women's Day, and every day in between, we take a step closer to truly embracing diversity and inclusion to make the world a better place.

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Nimmi Patel is the Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.

She works on all things skills policy, focusing on upskilling and retrain. She is committed to embedding diversity in the UK tech pipeline from classroom to boardroom working with partners such as the Tech Talent Charter and the WISE Campaign. Nimmi also leads techUK’s immigration work, collaborating with techUK members and stakeholders to create an environment that attracts the best talent to the UK.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.

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