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Gender & Diversity

Communication

Why is the IT industry less attractive to women than to men? How do we communicate so as to include, instead of exclude? What kinds of role models do we promote?

Are we preserving stereotypical thinking? As part of the SATIN project, a survey and recruitment letter for a user workshop were analysed from a gender perspective. The way that pictures can cement stereotypical thinking was another consideration that was discussed in a large group under the guidance of gender researchers.

Recommendations

  • Analyse text, images and symbols from a gender perspective to avoid excluding anyone. This applies to project presentations, brochures, websites, progress and final reports, etc.
  • Invite and create opportunities for people from different backgrounds to present their ideas and views at meetings, seminars and workshops.