A statement from the ACS said four women from start-ups would speak at a breakfast event which would be opened by Sydney deputy mayor Linda Scott.
The four participants are: Monica Wulff – co-founder, Startup Muster; Siobhan Hayden – chief operating officer, HashChing; Allison Reid – VR solutions architect, Equal Reality; and Iris Chan – chief marketing officer, FusionGrove.
The ACS said its Digital Pulse report for 2018 showed that women made up only 28% of ICT workers and only 12% were over 55, compared to 45% and 15% respectively in all professional industries.
“It’s no secret that our industry still has a long way to go when it comes to the participation of women in ICT roles; the findings from our Digital Pulse report are a stark reminder of that. However at ACS we’re committed to continue raising awareness, promoting discussion and increasing support for women working in ICT," he said.
“The International Women’s Day breakfast event features a rockstar line-up of ICT talent. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of not only the panellists, but also our female colleagues around the world.”
Scott said she was pleased the issue of equal gender representation was being raised at the International Women’s Day event.
“Gender inequality in the workplace is a serious issue facing those in our City and beyond. I encourage ACS to continue its push for supporting women and encouraging diversity," she said.