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Group launches to champion West Midlands women in tech – UKTN

West Midlands startup support organisation TechWM has launched a special interest group that will “champion” women in tech amid a “horrifying” industry gender gap.

The Women in Tech Special Interest Group is aiming to get more women into technology roles and leadership positions. It aims to do so by bringing together industry experts who can provide support on networking, elevating women’s voices and promoting gender equality.

The group will be chaired by Tara Attfield Tomes, founder of PR agency EAST VILLAGE, who described tech gender diversity stats as “horrifying”.

TechWM cited stats showing that 77% of tech leadership roles are held by men, while women make up just 24% of overall tech industry roles.

“As a group, we want to tackle these stats head-on and shine a light on the organisations, initiatives, and individuals working hard to create change,” said Attfield.

“Our focus is on getting more women into tech and advocating for changes that enhance retention, ensuring that organisations support more women into leadership roles through robust sponsorship and mentorship.”

The group will launch at an event on 18 April and Bruntwood SciTech’s Enterprise Wharf building.

The move is part of TechWM’s – formerly Birmingham Tech – goal to grow the region’s digital economy in a way that benefits all.

“From networking groups and promotional platforms, to targeted support and access to finance – we’re here to coordinate, champion and celebrate our united response to the challenges facing women in tech,” said Kath Fuller, COO at TechWM.