Warsaw hosts international conference for women in hi-tech sectors

Addressing the conference, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that in Poland, more women study technology and science than in other European Union countries. Marcin Obara/PAP

The two-day Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit world congress, Europe's biggest event for women working in technology, started in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The conference programme includes workshops, monitoring sessions and meetings with representatives of hi-tech companies, all profiled for the needs of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-trained women. The event, to continue until Wednesday, is expected to gather over 3,000 participants from all over the world.

Addressing the conference, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that in Poland, more women study technology and science than in other European Union countries. According to her, Polish women are better educated than Polish men. She also quoted studies showing women do better as heads of companies.

The minister also said that she is not enthusiastic about women's parity, e.g. on management boards, because she believes that women are promoted thanks to their achievements, and not because they are women.

She added that many of her colleagues are women because they are the best at coping with multitasking and stress in management. "This decade will be a decade for women," she said.