The subject of diversity in tech has received a lot of attention in the last couple of years. We’ve seen amazing initiatives coming to up to promote awareness and especially support women in tech. In the UK, communities such as Girls in Tech and Ada’s List have been a catalyst for great conversations about diversity, entrepreneurship, career development and innovation.
At JustGiving we recognise the value of these initiatives and genuinely believe that a multifarious workforce promotes diversity of thought and perspective. At the end of the day we are not our users, so having a diverse team helps us build a better product that caters to everybody.
However, like many other organisations we struggle to balance the ratio of female and male employees in the tech team. In fact we have less than 10% female employees in the tech team.
Personally I would love to see this number increase over the coming years, not just at JustGiving but across the industry in general. Even though we do not have the answers for many of the questions asked on this subject, we want to be part of raising awareness and getting the conversations started.
That’s why we’re hosting a screening of Debugging the Gender Gap at our offices in Southwark on the 18th of January. This documentary explores the reasons for the minority of female software engineers in America and raises questions which are pertinent for us here in the UK too. Following the screening we will have a discussion about the topic.
Places are limited and we would love to have a diverse audience so if you would like to join us, grab a ticket as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!