Gender Gap Perception Survey results

Survey duration:

Start date: 28.04.2021

End date: 15.06.2021

Targeted categories of the survey participants:

  • University and school students;
  • University and school teachers/ lecturers;
  • Companies and digital sectors.

Survey audience

  • 99 students (50.5%)
  • 34 lecturers (17.3%)
  • 63 company representatives (32.1%)

The following survey is produced under the GenGapsDigi (Reducing Gender Gaps for the Digital Generation) project, aiming to challenge gender stereotypes surrounding ICT-related sectors and thus reach equality in decision-making when choosing a career path.

The survey’s main goal is to explore why female students have negative perceptions of ICT and do not want to perceive it as a career choice.

The results indicate that while students do know the concept of ICT quite well, they are not aware of the gender gap within the sector, which implies they might have limited understanding of gender gaps in general. Additionally, students in general show a clear interest on ICT events happening in their respective countries, however they are not aware of them happening, which indicates a communication issue between the events and the awareness they raise.

The survey shows that gender biases and stereotypes are prevalent in ICT fields, which can create obstacles for the attraction, retention and progression of girls and women to ICT studies and careers. The results support the theory that students believe men are more likely to pursue a career in ICT. The above is a result of the limited exposure to role models currently established in the education system, as survey results indicated that more than 50% of students agree that interaction with role models when choosing a career path is important. The analysis shows that in the both participating countries, people believe that the government needs to support the processes of reducing gender inequalities.

Additionally, while in both participant countries the audience considers professional training important, it is shown that employees (especially) do not have the time or maybe they do not want to engage in after work-hours activities, which shows the importance of popularizing a career in ICT among women at an early age.

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