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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • In Canada, 50% of women in information communication & technology exit the industry within the first four years of their career;
  • In Canada, women make up about 10% of the cybersecurity workforce;
  • A lack of diversity and inclusion leads to barriers and challenges unique to women resulting in feelings of "impostor syndrome" & women exiting the industry;
  • Research has shown a diverse workforce increases problem solving, profits & speeds resolutions;
  • Diversity increases the security of our systems, people & data;
  • Working in cybersecurity provides women with stability & economic opportunities for themselves & their families;
  • Canada’s national & economic security is at risk due to increasing cyber-attacks & lack of diverse skilled workers to defend Canada's assets;
  • Diverse and inclusive environments where women are valued will strengthen the community, 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 that 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 1st of each year as International Women in Cyber Day, and for the government to provide funding to develop sustainable programs in raising awareness and removing barriers for women and marginalized groups, with the goal to recruit, retrain and retain these groups by offering training, mentorship. scholarships, conferences and recognition awards.

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