Dell Technologies is trying to do their part in addressing gender inequality in the ICT sector, with the company one of the key sponsors for this month’s Women in Tech Africa Summit, which will be held in Cape Town on 18th and 19th March.

Emphasising the importance of getting more women into the ICT sector, Dell cites recent  research conducted by McKinsey, in which a report found that women under-contribute to global GDP as they are more likely to be employed in low productivity sectors instead of high productivity ones such as business services.

The Summit will tackle several  issues around gender inequality, such as the fact less than 20 percent of roles in the ICT sector are filled by women. To that end, Dell has stated its commitment to diversifying the makeup of the current workplace.

“It’s not what we do, it’s who we are. That message has particular importance in South Africa, where we have a constitution that celebrates equality. Yes, this is a very unequal country, but that’s why we must take this responsibility even more seriously,” said International chief diversity and inclusion officer at Dell EMC, Brain Reeves.

Dell adds that they are looking at diversity inclusion, talent acquisition, as well as the fact that the tech industry attracts women, but more are needed in top roles.

“Summits such as these are very important, we have to move past the perception that D&I [Diversity and Inclusion] are only for window dressing. The fact is I can tell you all the time how serious Dell Technologies is about this, but only action grows real change, so we are very happy and keen to support this summit because it tackles a very crucial and multi dimensional topic,” adds Reeves.

The general manager of Dell EMC SA, Doug Woolley, is focused on expanding the company’s local diversity too. Last year for example he sponsored the launch of the Black Network Alliance’s first non US chapter in South Africa. The network is one of the numerous Dell employee resource groups, which have spread across more than 60 countries.

“Supporting platforms such as the Women in Tech Africa Summit provides us with an opportunity to put the spotlight on diversity and inclusion, to share the collective experiences that as sister companies we share, and work on bringing a working inclusive model to the African workplace,” added regional director at VMware sub-Saharan Africa, Lorna Hardie.

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