After the Women in Tech session at RIPE 84, Anastasiya Pak caught up with Shane Kerr to hear more about measuring the gender gap at RIPE Meetings. In this episode of the RIPE Labs podcast, hear about the goals and challenges in approaching the RIPE gender data gap.
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00:50 - The first Women in Tech Lunch at RIPE 75 and Women in Tech at RIPE 84
01:25 - Lorrayne Porciuncula on Responsibly Unlocking the Value of Gender Data
01:40 - Shane on RIPE Meeting Gender Statistics (2022 Edition)
02:12 - More information on the RIPE Diversity Task Force
03:56 - Shane's previous work on this topic on RIPE Labs
15:21 - Document on Diversity and Inclusion at the IETF
24:11 - More information on childcare at RIPE Meetings
25:10 - More on the RIPE Meeting mentoring programme
26:19 - Here's the article from Deloitte referred to by Anastasiya
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Daniel Karrenberg •
Deliberate change requires setting goals, working towards them and checking progress. So what diversity goals should we set ourselves. In gender diversity the popular/simplistic goal has been to reflect world population: classical 50/50 or contemporary with more categories. Shane also voices this in the podcast. But is this the right benchmark? Shouldn't we set goals based on the diversity of groups that are closer to our community? I have seen some organisations setting diversity goals based on current ratios: "We will double the percentage of female graduates in five years time." Others base their goals on statistics of a larger population they serve: "We will have double the percentage of female graduates compared with the average of similar programs in Europe." I strongly believe we should set ourselves realistic goals. I also believe that diversity has other parameters than gender and that our efforts on gender diversity should not lead to a loss of other diversity we have already achieved.
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Gergana Petrova •
Hi Daniel. I agree that we should set goals. Among CS graduates, women make up roughly 35% in the RIPE NCC's service region (there is huge variation country to country), while among IT professionals the figure drops to 25%. Shane shows that at RIPE meetings women are about 17%. So I think there is room for improvement and a more realistic target would be 30% among participants, and 25% among speakers (as opposed to 50/50).