International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on the 8th of March every year. This year’s theme is DigitALL, recognising the need for gender equality in innovation and technology. There is a serious gap when it comes to women pursuing STEM education and careers compared to their male counterparts. Women make up 16.5% of all engineers, although this has increased from 10.5% in 2010 (Engineering UK).

Diversity is crucial for innovation. A global survey by Forbes found that 85% of corporate diversity and talent leaders agreed that “A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation”. DefProc’s MD Jen Fenner was interviewed by Business Live for International Women’s Day along with other female business leaders across the North West: 

“Our sector is still heavily under-represented, however the women currently in our industry are still flying the flag and are incredibly inspirational and talented in equal measure. It is also encouraging to see more and more coming through into STEM year on year.

“Currently 77% of tech director roles are filled by men, this is a staggering statistic, but one speaking first-hand that can be amended if the right progression opportunities, the right workplace environment and the right guidance (from school upwards) is provided.

“The Liverpool City Region is slowly becoming a hotbed for innovation and technology and as the co-founder of a Liverpool-based tech business, I am proud to celebrate everything good about our city and all of the amazing women that reside and work here.”

Celebrating International Women’s Day Every Day

DefProc recognises the importance of women in leadership roles. The company’s founders, Patrick and Jen, are proud of the inclusive work environment that DefProc offers. Flexible working, zero-tolerance policies and enhanced skills developments are just some ways our company seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace where our team can thrive.

If you’d like to know more about DefProc’s founders, check out our “meet the team” interviews with Patrick and Jen.