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International Women in Cyber Day #TipTheScale #IWCD2020

IWCD New Logo/New Petition

Canada's IWCD national e-petition is coming soon!  We need 500 signatures in 60 days for our MP to table it before the House of Commons.


Stayed tuned as our e-petition will be live in a few days.

IWCD2020 UPDATE

January 31, 2020

 Dear IWCD Supporters,


Thank you for all the love and support in 2019.  Last year's IWCD campaign was filled with many successes here in Canada, including over 1200 signatures of our International Petition on Change.org.


The Women CyberSecurity Society (WCS2) celebrated the first women in cybersecurity conference here in Canada with the Inaugural Women in Cybersecurity Conference on September 12, 2019.  Keynotes for this historic event included speeches from our local Member of Parliament, Hon. Dr Hedy Fry P.C., M.P., and the City of Vancouver's Councillor, Melissa De Genova who spoke elegantly on the importance of diversity and inclusion and the need for more women in cybersecurity.


We also received three regional declarations from Canada's leading mayors, across the country. Thank you, Mayor Kennedy Stewart, Mayor Danny Breen, and Mayor Jim Watson for all your support and advocacy of women in cybersecurity during 2019!  We look forward to your continued support.


These three capital regions proclaimed International Women in Cyber Day for September 1st which are the City of Vancouver, the City of St. John's and the City of Ottawa.  See the signed proclamations to the right


We also received this personal conference video message from The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who supports and advocates on the important role women play within the cybersecurity industry.


The Honourable Dr Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P. is a champion of women in technology who walks the walk by including IWCD on her 2020 Calendar that went out to nearly 700,000 constituents in the Vancouver Centre riding. Thank you, Hon. Hedy Fry!


Keep on the watch for #IWCD2020 because we're planning something big! We're growing our amazing technology and educational partners and sponsors who place value on the contributions of women in this industry and want to celebrate with us in this valuable community! 


Lastly, we're gearing up to submit our 2020 e-petition to the Government of Canada, so keep watch for an announcement in the coming weeks.  


Sincerely,


Board of Directors

IWCD Ambassadors

Advisory Committee

Women CyberSecurity Society

International Women in Cyber Day

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International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD)

What is it all about?

International Women in Cyber Day is a global movement to petition national governments and the United Nations to recognize September 1st, 2020 as a day to celebrate women in cyber and bring awareness to the unique challenges they face.  

Learn the facts!

  •  In Canada, women make up only 10% of the cybersecurity workforce;
  • Enrollment for women in cybersecurity-related programs in Canada is low at 11%;
  • Research has shown women need a 30% ratio in the industry to feel supported;
  • Research has shown there is a 50% drop out rate for women in information technology within the first four years;

Sign the Petition!

Support women in cyber by signing our petition.  


Our goal is to narrow the gender and skills gaps by inclusion with supportive services throughout the lifecycle of a woman's career in cybersecurity.

FAQs

What is IWCD?

 International Women in Cyber Day is a global movement of women and male advocates  who  recognize September 1st  as a special day set aside to bring awareness to the issues women face in cybersecurity and celebrate the achievements of women within this industry .  This is accomplished through various social media campaigns, petitions, city proclamations and events around the globe.  

Why is this needed?

  • There is a lack of diversity and inclusion for women who make up a very small percentage of the cybersecurity workforce. 
  • It is generally accepted, women hold about 11% of the  cybersecurity workforce jobs globally. 
  • Women experience many roadblocks and inherent bias.  
  • Women are exiting the industry due to lack of support and inclusion.

What are the goals of IWCD?

  • Increase recruitment of women within the cybersecurity workforce.
  • Increase the retention rates of women working in cybersecurity.
  • Bring awareness to the unique issues and challenges women face within the industry.
  • Celebrate the achievement of women.
  • Narrow the gender gap.
  • Narrow the skills gap.

How can you participate in IWCD?

There are several opportunities for you to get involved and participate in various levels to join the celebration of IWCD!


Become  an advocate and champion of women in cybersecurity  by petitioning your national government to recognize September 1st as IWCD. 

Share Your Story!

Raise Your Voice!

Bring awareness to the unique challenges you face as a woman working in cybersecurity.   Join the fun by creating and sharing your video.


Celebrate Your Achievements!

Tell your story and share across social media platforms using the hashtags

#IWCD2020 #tipthescale

How Can You Support IWCD? Partnership & Advocacy Program

IWCD Ambassador Request Form

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