Volue Will Work With ODA to Bring More Women into Technology
The tech world is notoriously male-dominated. In a recent study, 72% of women in technology said that they were outnumbered by men 2-to-1 and 26% reported being outnumbered by 5-to-1.
Although women study relevant subjects, they often go into other fields or leave the technology field early.
As one of Europe’s largest enterprise software companies, Volue is joining forces with ODA, the leading network for women in technology in the Nordics.
“Closing the gender gap in technology is an area where we can really make a difference. As an associated partner of ODA, we will support a dedicated network of individuals who are passionate about getting more women into technology and working towards diversity in the technology industry,” says Ingeborg Gjærum, Chief Strategy Officer & Director of Organisational Development at Volue.
ODA has set a goal of reaching 40% women in tech in 2025, including in top management.
“Technology is a great workplace for women. However, many women find it challenging to be the only woman in the room. To be able to imagine yourself in a job, you need to see other women doing this job.”
Reducing the gender gap is now central in Volue’s hiring.
“Volue is a fast-growing company with a vision of developing technology for a sustainable tomorrow. We believe that the challenges ahead of us call for innovation and new thinking. To come up with and act upon new ideas, we need diverse thinking and people of different backgrounds. Therefore, getting women in the room is essential for us to make our vision a reality.”
Norway in the lead with the most women in science and engineering
Norway where Volue is headquartered has already turned the tide once.
Twenty years ago, just over a third of Norwegian scientists and engineers were women. But there has been a massive improvement over the past two decades.
According to Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, this year Norway has more women in science and engineering than any other country in Europe – a whopping 55% of Norwegian women are scientists or engineers.
On average, 41% of European women are scientists or engineers compared to 30% two decades ago.