Ottawa, June 12, 2024—A new ICTC Gender Equity Toolkit offers calls to action that individuals and organizations can take to help advance the careers of women in the digital economy. Each call to action provides key concrete strategies and considerations for people, processes, and technology to affect sustainable change.

Read the report/toolkit: Advancing Women in the Digital Economy: A Gender Equity Toolkit for Individual Leaders, Organizations, and Ecosystem Players 

Key calls to action: 

  • Provide equal access to opportunities for visibility, networking, and recognition

    Strategy 1: Facilitate organic interactions and internal gender-inclusive networking opportunities

    Strategy 2: Provide thought leadership and external networking opportunities 

  • Build inclusive organizational cultures 

    Strategy 1: Promote inclusive leadership principles in day-to-day practices

    Strategy 2: Activate sponsors, advocates, and allies

  • Identify and remove sources of bias in talent management processes 

    Strategy 1: Conduct audits on talent management processes

    Strategy 2: Address biases through training and talent management transparency

  • Create work environments that foster self-expression and diversity 

    Strategy 1: Establish policies that address the diverse needs of employees

    Strategy 2: Implement best practices to achieve EDI goals

  • Foster work-life balance through family-friendly values and processes 

    Strategy 1: Implement family-friendly policies and standard operating procedures 

    Strategy 2: Create work environments that encourage mental wellbeing and work-life balance

Strategy considerations include people considerations related to company culture and interpersonal dynamics; process considerations providing guidance on the operational infrastructure to help sustain new ways of working; and technology considerations that offer recommendations for the types of digital technologies and informational databases organizations can leverage to implement action items.  

This toolkit is being introduced to address women’s underrepresentation in the digital economy. Prior research shows that women tend to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) roles mid-career due to systemic challenges and a lack of diversity-enabling infrastructure.

“Empowering women in the digital economy isn't just a goal; it's a must for driving progress and innovation in a globally competitive landscape. Our new Gender Equity Toolkit offers actionable strategies to break down barriers and elevate women's careers. It's time to turn awareness into action and build a shared digital future.” — Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

Read the Toolkit


Advancing Women in the Digital Economy: Toolkit

About ICTC

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a neutral, not-for-profit national center of expertise with the mission of strengthening Canada's digital advantage in the global economy. For over 30 years, and with a team of 110 experts, we have delivered forward-looking research, practical policy advice, and capacity-building solutions for individuals and businesses. The organization’s goal is to ensure that technology is utilized to drive economic growth and innovation and that Canada's workforce remains competitive on a global scale. 

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This project is funded in part by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE).