Bulgaria Has Biggest Share of Female Software Developers in Europe

Sofia, March 6 (BTA) - Bulgaria has the largest share of female software developers - 20.7 per cent from all software developers, compared with other European countries, where the share is 16 per cent on average. The share is expected to grow as 30 per cent from the graduate students in the subject are female, Deputy Labour and Social Policy Minister Rossitsa Dimitrova said Tuesday, speaking at an international conference on gender equality in the transport sector. The event is organized by the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) in Bulgaria. Women in the transport sector in the EU account for just 22 per cent, it emerged at the conference.

CITUB's Ekaterina Yordanova said that Bulgaria ranks fourth in Europe in terms of number of women in the government.

In Europe nearly 17 per cent of MPs are women. In Sofia, nearly 30 per cent of municipal councillors are women while half of the standing committees in the City Hall are chaired by ladies.

Trade unionists will conduct classes on gender equality as part of a European project. A school campaign starts in Europe about women in transport. It will show children that there are no male or female occupations and everyone can work what they choose.

Attending the Tuesday conference were EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, Sharan Burrow, President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), CITUB Vice President Chavrad Hristov, representatives of employers' and research organizations, guests from 50 trade unions in Europe.

Source: Sofia