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e-2440

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • In Canada, women make up about 10% of the cybersecurity workforce;
  • In Canada, 50% of women in information communication & technology will exit the industry within the first four years of their career;
  • A lack of diversity and inclusion leads to barriers and challenges unique to women resulting in feelings of ‘Impostor Syndrome and women exiting the industry;
  • Research has shown a diverse workforce increases problem solving, profits and speed resolutions;
  • Gender diversity increases the security of our systems, people and data;
  • Working in cybersecurity provides women with stability and economic opportunities for themselves & their families;
  • Canada’s national and economic security is at risk due to increasing cyber-attacks & gaps for skilled workers to defend Canada's assets;
  • Creating diverse and inclusive environments where women are respected and valued attracts more women to the cybersecurity industry, resulting in increased retention and job satisfaction;
  • International Women in Cyber Day (IWCD) fosters recognition of women’s achievements in the industry, thereby supporting the retention of women in this workforce; and
  • An IWCD will also demonstrate to young women and girls, they are seen, supported and recognized for their contributions in the cybersecurity industry and provide them with the confidence to succeed.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to recognize September 1 of each year as International Women in Cyber Day, provide grants and funding for working with stakeholders in raising awareness and building sustainable solutions to remove barriers of entry and increase retention, and provide funding for scholarships, training, and conferences.

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