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Enfield Council’s lead for ICT has won a place on the longlist for Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech.
Nadira Hussain, Head ICT at Enfield Council was recognised for setting up a ‘Women in IT’ initiative via her presidency at the Society of IT Management (Socitm). She was also the creator of the ‘Empowering Women in a Digital World’ leadership programme in conjunction with the Leadership Academy.
Ms Hussain said: “I am really pleased with this recognition. It acknowledges the contribution that I have made to increasing the interest and engagement of women in IT. But it also highlights the importance of diversity and equality of opportunity for women in the technology environment.
“Gender equality is something I actively believe in and promote. Everyone should have the same opportunities, regardless of gender, and while there are not enough women in the technology sector we must continue to break down barriers whenever we can.”
Ms Hussain came to Enfield from her former role of Head of ICT for Tower Hamlets Council.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Arts & Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said: “While great strides have been made in the field of equality in the UK in recent years, it remains a challenge, particularly in the ICT sector, and Enfield Council actively seeks ways that it can support women to enter this competitive field.
“We are immensely proud that Nadira has won a place on the longlist, and as a council do everything we can to promote fairness for all, this includes our residents and staff, encouraging everyone to reach their full potential.
"We do this by investing in our schools, and by linking with providers to ensure that everyone, regardless of their means, has access to the training they need to be the best that they can be.
“Enfield Council is also actively working with schools to support ICT skill acquisition for girls, and encouraging them to get work experience in organisations to learn about new technologies and helping them to further develop their ideas. This will help increase the number of women in the ICT sector in the near future.”
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