There are are many other intitiatives and projects that aim to help and support women within Computer Science, here are some national and international initiatives that we have become aware of:
- The British Computer Society (BCS)
BCS is the leading professional body for those working in IT. They have over 65,000 members in more than 100 countries and are the qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP). They are also an international awarding body for a wide range of qualifications for both users of IT and IT specialists.
BCS Women: The BCS Specialist Group that provides networking opportunities for all BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group's main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career.
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is the leading agency working to eliminate sex discrimination in 21st Century Britain. They've compiled some guidance on the law in Britain, news articles and statistics on Women in Employment as well as details of their campaigns and policies.
Equalitec aims to address the problem of recruitment and retention of more women in the Information Technology, Electronics and Communications industries by bringing together relevant information for Women, Companies and Higher Education institutions. On this site you will find examples of global best practice, case studies, mentoring information, work-life balance and the Placements Database for female undergraduates.
- UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
The UKRC for Women in SET works to significantly improve the participation and position of women in science, engineering and technology occupations in industry, research, academia and public service to benefit the future productivity of the UK and the lifetime earnings and career aspirations of women. It is the UK’s leading Centre providing information and advisory services to employers and organisations in the SET sectors and supporting women entering, returning and progressing in these fields.
- e-skills UK's Computer Clubs for Girls
Over the past 3 years, e-skills UK Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) has changed the way girls think about technology and IT careers. CC4G are fun and informal out-of-school-hours clubs designed to engage young girls in IT and transform their attitudes towards technology-related careers. The clubs provide 10 to 14 year old girls with creative and interactive activities which focus on their areas of interest such as fashion, celebrity and music.
- Systers™ Initiative
Systers is the world's largest email community of technical women in computing. It was founded by Anita Borg in 1987 as a small electronic mailing list for women in "systems". Today, Systers broadly promotes the interests of women in the computing and technology fields
This is a forum for women computer science researchers from industry and government labs and academia. The list is international, with members from six continents. The list is limited to researchers (no students or managers). ResearcHers is a sibling list to Systers and a project of CRA-W.
MentorSET is a UK-based initiative organised jointly by two well-established organisations, the Women's Engineering Society and AWiSE (the Association for Women in Science and Engineering). MentorSET aims to increase the number of women who can maintain their SET careers, and realise their full potential. It aims to connect women in SET with independent mentors who can offer advice and guidance about the issues important to them; mentors who can help with self development, suggest networking opportunities and empower mentees to make their own decisions and turn these into actions.
WomensWebWorks is an inspirational website for women with a focus on realising potential and building success. The essential nature of the site is that of women-to-women support and networking. The purpose of WomemsWebWorks is to inspire women to achieve their potential and offer a dynamic forum to enable exploration, networking and action.
ACM-W is the ACM Committee on Women in Computing. It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women.
The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.
- Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
We are women technologists. We use technology to connect our communities. We create technology because it is who we are — intelligent, creative and driven. We lead with compassion and a belief in inclusion. We develop competitive products and find solutions to problems that impact our lives, our nation, our world. Together, through the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), we are inventing a better future. Working with men that believe in our mission, we are changing the world for women and technology.
- Computer Science Teachers Association
The Computer Science Teachers Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines.
Women@SCS' mission is to create, encourage, and support women's academic, social and professional opportunities in the computer sciences and to promote the breadth of the field and its diverse community. The Women@SCS Advisory Committee consists of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty within the School of Computer Science.
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
Below you will find various support and welfare programs for women, staff and students, at Cambridge University:
Springboard is an award-winning Women's Personal Development Programme, which encourages the personal and professional development of undergraduate women in the University.
- Spring Forward
Spring Forward is a University of Cambridge course for women making strategic career choices.
- Women's Forum
The University of Cambridge Women's Forum is designed to hear opinions and form a strategic action plan for women across the University.
- Staff development
The university provides many courses and programs available to all staff through the Centre for Personal and Professional Development
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