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WomenIT – Women in Industry and Technology A Development, Training and Research Project 2001-2006 FINLAND. Why WomenIT?. The aim of the WomenIT project was to carry out the desegregation of the working life in Finland, because:

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WomenIT – Women in Industry and TechnologyA Development, Training and Research Project2001-2006FINLAND

why womenit
Why WomenIT?

The aim of the WomenIT project was to carry out the desegregation of the working life in Finland, because:

  • Only 18-20% of students and employedin technology area are women, whereas in social and health care equivalent amount is 90%
  • 25% of the leaders are women, but only 2-3% on the top positions and only a few % in the technological field; the main sectors of women leaders are human resources, culture, social and health care
  • Only 32-33% of the entrepreneurs are women and e.g. in Kainuu area the equivalent amount is only 25% and in Oulu Region 30%
  • In the technological field only a few % of the entrepreneurs are women
the aim of the womenit
The aim of the WomenIT
  • equal opportunities for women and men in work as well as in education
  • supporting women and girls towards choices that are non-traditional for their gender
  • supportingthe employment of women and girls in the fields of technology and industry
  • dismantling structures which generate inequality between sexes
operations
Operations
  • Over 40 local subprojects: study groups (clubs), courses, training, research and development activities that help to inspire girls and women e.g. to work in technology industries and encourage them to advance in their careers
  • Wide material production: careers video, computer game for girls, guidebooks, etc
  • Mainstreaming
  • Cooperation and interaction with politicians and decision makers by e.g. proposals for action
areas of the local subprojects
Areas of the local subprojects

Kainuu Region

  • Kajaani
  • Paltamo
  • Suomussalmi
  • Sotkamo

Pohjois-Pohjanmaa Region

  • Oulu
  • Raahe
  • Pyhäjoki

Other areas

  • Lappeenranta
  • Joensuu
  • Helsinki
national partners
Early Childhood Education

Basic Education

Upper Secondary schools

Vocational Schools

Polytechnics

Universities

Employment Service Offices

Training- and Research organizations

Enterprises

Local Associations

Trade Unions and other work-

life associations

National Board of Education

Ministry of Social and Health

care

National Partners
tcp transnational co operation partners
TCP Transnational Co-operation partners
  • JIVE (United Kingdom)
      • Career guidance, mentoring
  • Get a Life, Engineer (Denmark)
      • Work/family life balance
  • Gender Mainstreaming in der Informationsgesellschaft (Germany)
      • Careers guidance, early childhood education
  • Nouveuax acteurs de la mixite des emplois techniques (France)
      • Careers guidance
  • WomenIT (Finland)
      • Research and education
the significance of early childhood education
The significance of early childhood education

E.g. Huuhkajavaara Primary School and Day Care - HuWIT

  • The activities continued for two years and they were participated by the personnel and children of the whole day care and school
  • At the beginning of the project, the children's parents answered an enquiry concerning the parents' career choices and doing of housework
  • Another part was a club teaching information technology to girls; later this was extended and became a part of classroom teaching. The children learned to use computer as a tool and it has become a natural part of the activities in the day care and school
  • Also the personnel have studied how to use computer and other technical equipment as tools in their work
technology and science education for girls at school
Technology and science education for girls at school

E.g. Teppana Primary School - TeppisIT

  • A TeppisIT club for girls in the 3rd and 4th forms
  • For two hours a week for three terms and for three hours a week for the last term
  • The girls learned about technology from many viewpoints, e.g:
  • the basic use of computers
  • the woodwork included making a toolbox for the tools
  • electric work making of a radio
  • problem solving was practised by building a device called "Vipsotin" which would transfer a rotating movement into a to-and-fro one
  • the girls also learned to change car tyres and to service their own bikes
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Technology and science education

for girls at school

E.g. Karjasilta Upper Secondary School & Madetoja Musical Upper Secondary School - PHYCHE

  • The 1st and 2nd year students of physics and chemistry in the upper secondary schools planned and carried out information "hits" as well as a PHYCHE world for children in the primary school age
  • The subjects of the information hits were e.g. movement, force, friction, optics, as well as electric circuit
  • In the PHYCHE world, one could learn about acid and alkali, electrochemistry, electricity and magnets, balance, measuring devices, light and sound
  • Along with the course, local co-operation between primary school teachers and secondary school teachers in teaching science was started.
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Technology and science education for girls at school

E.g. Development Center of Raahe - intensive days of technology for Girls

  • Introduction to the

industry and technology

  • Included workshops,lectures etc.
  • Repeated 3 times
  • 250-400 girls/day
  • Every girl from local secondary school of the town participated
gender in career choice guidance and recruitment
Gender in career choice, guidance and recruitment

SAVOR-training programme

Aims and results:

  • to develop new gender sensitive models for careers guidance, counselling and recruitment
  • progress girls and women´s career choice in non-traditional sectors like industry and technology
  • to develop new gender sensitive material for education

Training consisted of 4x2 days terms

Participants were mainly career counsellors, employment office staff, planning officers and other volunteers

Themes:

    • Upbringing, Education and career in Life Course
    • Gender Sensitive Careers Guidance, Recruitment and Counselling
    • Gender and Work Organisations
      • material producing (video and computer game)
    • Organisation Development and Gender Equality Planning
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Gender in career choice, guidance and recruitment

E.g. Case Oulu

Four upper secondary school in Oulu arranged practical training, role models and study visits to industry and technology during 2002-2004 as a subject of career counselling. Counsellors also had a practical training in construction (NCC)

mentoring
Mentoring

Peer mentoring

  • Female students of technology mentored the upper secondary school students
  • Joint course of mentoring, visits etc.

Adult mentoring

  • Senior workers mentored workers with less experience

Netmentoring

  • Online mentors mentored monthly in the WomenIT portal
changes at the higher education
Department of Information Processing Science, Oulu university

–a research-project: Studying in the Information Processing Science Department from gender point of view

Faculty of Technology, Oulu university

–a research-project: Structure and contents of the curriculum from equality point of view

Teacher Training in Oulu and Kajaani, Oulu university:

- technology education and equality issues in basic teacher training and in-service training

Changes at the higher education
female entrepreneurship and leadership in ict technology and industry
Female entrepreneurship and leadership in ICT technology and industry
  • Training programme on entrepreneurship and leadership for girls and women
  • Resource centers for women as a support structure
support actions in working life
Support actions in working life

Equality planning:

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • To progress in one´s career
results
Results
  • Women's advancement into fields of technology: encouragement, strengthened self-esteem, actual choices of engineering, mathematics etc.
  • New gender sensitive models for career choices, guidance and recruiting
  • New gender sensitive courses, teaching contents and methods as well as materials
  • New models for reconciliation of work/family life balance
  • More workers and experts in the fields of industry and technology
  • Contribution to the regional development, e.g. local resource centres of women
products
Products
  • WomenIT projects and good practices
  • Equal practices of education and careers guidance
  • Equality to everyday life – a guide for companies
  • Research publication: Education, gender and socialisation -
  • Perspectives to segregation
  • Beacon (Johtotähti) – My day as a managing director
  • Imagination is the only limit – Women in technology -video
  • Campaign products
  • Products by the actors
  • Some of the products is published in English,
  • see http://www.womenit.info/materials.php
womenit projects and good practices
WomenIT projects and good practices
  • all 40 sub projects of WomenIT are presented
  • also WomenIT project is introduced from the starting point as well as the innovative operating models developed in the project
  • operating ideas and insights gathered during the project
  • contact persons to projects
  • published in English in autumn 2005
equal practices of education and careers guidance
Equal practices of education and careers guidance
  • a guide to the everyday education taking gender into consideration
  • for teachers, careers counsellors, people who work on equality
  • a practical guide towards teaching and guidance taking gender into consideration and dismantling gender role models
  • practical hints for how inequal practises and practises causing inequality, can be changed
  • phenomena noticed during WomenIT project
  • experiences of WomenIT actors during the development work
  • published in English in autumn 2005: Equal practices in education, guidance and working life
equality to everyday life a guide for companies
Equality to everyday life – a guide for companies
  • for companies and work communities
  • practical hints for equality planning
  • published in English in autumn 2005: Equality to everyday life
research publication education gender and socialisation perspectives to segregation
Research publication: Education, gender and socialisation - Perspectives to segregation
  • research report participating in the national discussion on dismantling segregation
  • 16 article writers most of whom have done research work beside their WomenIT development work
beacon my day as a managing director
Beacon - My day as a managing director
  • a web based game where girls can live a day as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The idea is to balance work, free time and family. There are four different roles to take and the game contains important information about entrepreneurship as well as about the jobs of the roles.
  • for comprehensive schools and schools after comprehensive education
  • cd-rom, also in the Internet http://www.womenit.info/johtotahti
imagination is the only limit women in technology
Imagination is the only limit – Women in technology
  • for the career counselling of comprehensive schools and schools after comprehensive education
  • a VHS-video + DVD
  • Four female engineers tell about their work and life. Why did they choose technology as a profession?
  • subtitled in English
campaign products 1 2
Campaign products 1(2)

Women's Euro pin

  • illustrates the pay gap between women and men
  • contains a card with suggested actions
  • Versatile Female Lives – pack of playing cards
  • the cards describe the life span and careers of different women
campaign products 2 2
Campaign products 2 (2)

Finland – a Model Country for Equality?

– pack of postcards

  • the cards show phenomena describing

inequality

  • Disciplinary practises at school
  • Age discrimination
  • Sexual harassment at school
  • Difference in salary starts with weekly pocket money
  • Pressure for change at school
  • Equality plan

Posters

  • Principles for equal actions in schools
  • 10 recommondations of an equal work community
  • Women and Technology –theme poster
products by the actors
Products by the actors
  • The WomenIT actors have produced several different products as a part of their development work
  • cd-roms, e.g. "STAY-HT" virtual hotel of Paltamo Upper Secondary School
  • videos, e.g. Technology Women –video of Keskuskoulu, in Kajaani
  • publications, e.g. Challenges of Equality on the Interface of Global and Local, a research report by Women studies of University of Oulu
  • different equipment and other materials
contact information
Project CoordinatorMarja-Leena Haatajaemail: marja-leena.haataja@oulu.fi tel: +358 8 6324814 mobilephone: +358 40 5400809

Project Manager, education and training Eija Leinonenemail: eija.leinonen@oulu.fi

mobilephone: +358 50 5362498

Project Manager, working life

Marjo Riitta Tervonen

email:marjo.riitta.tervonen@dnainternet.net

mobilephone: +358 40 7005163

WomenIT

University of Oulu

Kajaani University Consortium

P.O.Box 51

FIN - 87101 Kajaani

Telephone: +358 8 6324611

Fax: +358 8 6324820

email:womenit@womenit.info

Contact information: