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Girls in ICT - The Future is Hers

World Day for Cultural Diversity

World Day for Cultural Diversity 2015

International Women’s Day - 2018

Diversity Awareness Month 2018

International Men's Day

International Women’s Day – 2019

Programs and initiatives

At Ericsson, we work proactively to improve diversity and inclusion. As a part of this, we implement various programs and initiatives to further advance our organizational diversity and inclusion agenda.

We engage in several external initiatives, like TechWomen which empowers and connects next-generation women leaders from Africa and the Middle East in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Here are just a handful of big and small initiatives across the globe.

  • 2018 - In 2018, Market Area North America (MANA) made a sizeable investment in our partnership with Girl Scouts of North Texas. Girl Scouts is the largest organization building girls of courage, confidence, and character. This organization prepares girls with skills for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. The foundational areas of Girl Scouts Leadership Experience: STEM, outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship. Ericsson MANA employees invested time, resources, mentoring
  • 2017: We sponsored the 'Lesbians Who Tech Summit' which brings together lesbians, queer women, and allies across all areas of technology
  • 2016: We sponsored the 1st 'European Celebration of Women in Computing' in Belgium
  • 2015: We co-sponsored the 'Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing', the world's largest talent fair of women computer scientists

With hundreds of participating companies, it is crucial to recruiting young and high-achieving women in technology and computing. Learn more

Learn more about our key initiatives

World Day for Cultural Diversity

World Day for Cultural Diversity is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity.

Girls in ICT Day

Since 2011, International Girls in ICT Day has been celebrated in 150 countries around the world with more than 5,300 events and participation of over 177,000 girls and young women. 2019 will mark the tenth year we celebrate Girls in ICT Day globally.

Diversity Awareness Month

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and Ericsson celebrates our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

International Women’s Day

In March, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. We also use the day as a reminder for all of us to act and inspire others to take action for gender balance.

Ericsson recognizes International Men's Day for the first time, further confirming that our commitment to diversity and inclusion embraces all.

International Men's Day

Ericsson sponsored the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The conference is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. The conference features keynotes by prominent women in technology, career workshops, and technical tracks from leading researchers and the best of ACM SIGSOFT & SIGGRAPH.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Ericsson participated in the year-long Battle of the Numbers, a Swedish private sector project involving 10 companies, which concluded in November 2013. Each company was asked to commit to raising the number of women in operational and decision-making positions. Ten women were selected from each company. The project engaged the CEOs of all the companies, as well as other senior-level executives in Human Resources.

"I was honoured to be able to meet and work with the other women, both within and outside the company. Being the leader of a diverse and global team within Ericsson gives me the opportunity to turn our takeaways right into action." Anita Dressel, Head of Business Control for one of our business units.

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Ericsson collaborates with the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The working group on Gender and Broadband has a three-pronged approach to increasing the number of women in ICT careers: firstly, to create demand among girls and women for careers in ICT; secondly, to ensure a better supply of science, technology, engineering and math education to girls and women; and thirdly, to achieve long-term sustainability by encouraging ICT businesses to attract, recruit, retain and promote women.

Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Ericsson is a sponsor of the Top Women Summit held by Careers International. At the summit, participants have the opportunity to meet representatives from leading companies, personally discuss their career with top managers and international recruiters, network with a select group of future female leaders, and learn about the latest industry trends and career opportunities.

Careers International – Top Women Summit

Ericsson collaborates with a variety of partners such as UN agencies, mobile operators, NGOs, academia and others who share our vision and can amplify the potential of ICT to progress socio-economic development. Ericsson is lead technology partner in Connect To Learn, an initiative with a specific focus on benefitting girls and their education needs. Since 2010, Connect To Learn has supported UNESCO's Education for All goals by deploying mobile broadband and cloud solutions, combined with hands-on training in ICT, to schools in 14 countries.

Connect To Learn

Ericsson marks "Girls in ICT Day" in April with events all over the globe, including seminars, workshops and campus visits. The focus of the day is to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in ICT.

Girls in ICT

Ericsson supports Girl Hype in South Africa which provides fun, hand-on opportunities for girls and women to get engaged with technology.

Girl Hype

Ericsson sponsored the 2017 Lesbians Who Tech Summit which brings together lesbians, queer women and allies across all areas of technology. Reaffirming our commitment to women in tech, LGBTQ women and women of color.

Lesbians Who Tech

Ericsson is a Bronze sponsor of Robogals – an international, student-run organization that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school. Ericsson also sponsors three Robogals Excellence Scholarships.

Robogals

Ericsson partners with Techno Girls programme to teach essential skills to young South African females by providing job shadowing opportunities.

Learn how we empower young South African girls in STEM

Ericsson supports TechWomen, an initiative that empowers the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers and pursue their dreams.

TechWomen

Ericsson funds programs with the Girl Scouts of the USA to promote technology literacy.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Ericsson funds four scholarships at the University of Texas at Dallas for students with diverse backgrounds who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Ericsson was honored as the Corporate Diversity Award recipient at the UT Dallas Diversity Awards.

University of Texas at Dallas

Ericsson sponsors Watermark, a community of executive women who have risen to the top of their fields. They come together to connect, develop and advocate for the advancement of women in the workforce.

Watermark

In 2013, Ericsson was a founding partner of Women Up, under the umbrella of Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) in collaboration with McKinsey and Company. The year-long program will bring together a group of 40 high-potential women in a leadership development program in Sweden.

Women Up