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Women in Cyber Mentorship Programme

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Applications for the 2022 edition of the Mentorship Programme have closed on March 31st 2022. Stay tuned for our public Women in Cyber events!

 

TESTIMONIALS



  • "The WiC mentorship programme enabled us to connect with people from different backgrounds and shared passion in Cybersecurity. My mentor is guiding me with in-depth knowledge about the industry and also personally touching on the motherly factor to have more work life balance. I would recommend every woman out there who wants to fulfill their dream and career in Cybersecurity to jo​in this programme.’’ 
  • "My mentor encouraged me to speak up and stand my ground as the only woman in my team at work and that has helped take more initiative."
  • "The WiC Programme has left a positive impact on my career, thanks to the skills I have attained throughout the different trainings offered by experts in the field. This programme has driven me to be persistent with further developing my technical skills and aim to stand out in a male-dominated field. It is also lovely seeing a large number of women from all over the world come together in an environment with highly supportive and successful women!"​


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PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES



INSPIRE
What: Shift the mentality and tackle systemic barriers that prevent broader inclusion.   
How: A set of Inspirational Keynote webinars spotlighting well-known and engaged female Cybersecurity professionals across the globe, hence promoting role models and the perception of female role models as valuable additions to the Cybersecurity workforce.   
 
Note: These Inspirational keynotes are open to the public and not exclusively to Mentees and Mentors selected for the WiC Mentorship Programme.  

TRAIN
What: Encourage women to take on leadership roles in cybersecurity.
How: Provide expert training courses from leaders in the field and equip wo​​men with not just technical skills, but also the soft skills needed for successful professional development. 

EMPOWER
What: Promote knowledge sharing of best practices in cybersecurity career development, through guided Mentorship Circles grouping Mentees with their matched Mentors.
How: Provide a platform where women in senior positions can mentor and foster the professional and personal growth of women at junior levels. ​


BACKGROUND


According to the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, women's participation currently makes up approximately 24% of the cybersecurity workforce, with even fewer women holding managerial or senior positions. On top of that, the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions in 2021 was of 2.7 million.

There is a need to enable women to take on the opportunities that the cybersecurity sector has to offer, in the goal of closing the workforce gap, fostering more inclusivity in a traditionally male-dominated field, and ultimately optimizing the work towards a more secure cyberspace for all.  

ITU-D Women in Cyber programme aims to tackle the cultural and systemic barriers that prevent broader inclusion of women in cybersecurity, while working to equip them with the skillset to enter and thrive in the field. 
The goal of the programme has been and will continue to be to encourage community building, guidance, and senior-junior solidarity among women in the sector.  

The programme showcases role models and examples of career paths taken by women leaders in the field, encourages networking and knowledge-sharing, and mentoring the future generation of women cybersecurity professionals. It enables the process of creating a global network of women sharing expertise and guidance on the cybersecurity field, the opportunities it holds, and the skillsets needed to navigate it. 

The pilot edition of the Women in Cyber Mentorship (WiC) Programme was launched on 8 March 2021​ on International Women's Day and is is jointly organized by the ITU, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST​), and EQUALS​. ​


PARTNER WITH US



​Don't miss this opportunity to help achieve gender equality in the digital age and tackle the cybersecurity workforce gap. You c​an contribute to the programme by co-organizing events, supporting the implementation of the programme, or by nominating potential mentors and mentees. 
If you have any questions on the partnership opportunities, feel free to contact us at womenincyber@itu.int ​