The BCSWomen forum has been named Network Professional of the Year in the Communications in Business Awards 2006.
The judges said they selected the forum in recognition of the excellent work it carries out.
With women representing less than 20% of the IT workforce, the BCS Women's Forum - a source of information and advice for women in the sector - aims to help increase the number of women working in technology roles.
Through its work with employers and its connections with other organisations involved with women in IT, the forum aims to promote and celebrate the contribution of women to IT. A further aspect of its work is to develop products and services to help women in IT manage a career break and retrain/reskill, as well as promoting part-time, flexible work arrangements across the IT sector.
Wendy Hall, chair of BCSWomen, who received the award, said, "We are absolutely thrilled to have been honoured in these awards. We have been working as a forum only since early 2006 and although we have achieved a huge amount already, there is still so much more for us to do in ensuring that more women recognise IT as a career option and that employers recognise the benefits that women bring to the workplace."
One of the latest projects the forum is involved with is the Athena Survey of Science Engineering and Technology, which is gathering information about the career experiences, perceptions and ambitions of all career scientists, whether in industry, research, education, the NHS or other public sector employment.
The BCS would like to encourage all IT professionals, men and women, to take part.
The Communications in Business Awards recognise the business-enabling projects of technical professionals in a wide range of businesses and public sector organisations. They are judged by a team of journalists, end-users, academics, analysts and industry figures, with no suppliers are allowed on the judging panel.
Information on BCS membership: www.bcs.org/membership
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This was first published in September 2006