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Blog post, Minna Canth's day edition 19.3.2020

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When you grab your phone next time, think about someone else doing the same in the
poor areas of Cape Town, South Africa. For them, it is an act of equality. As cell phones
are, in fact, small computers, they make certain services available for those who do not
have access to desktop computers or broadband internet connections.

The world is not an equal place, yet. But as the IT industry operates everywhere, it gives
its employees an excellent opportunity to contribute to an equitable society. Additionally,
technology can help deliver such knowledge that wouldn’t be accessible to everyone in
any other but digital format. There’s plenty of free education out there!

Here are examples of cases the organizations in #ITclusive movement have done to
advance equality in the world:

Futurice created a set of tools supporting the Startup Refugees’ mission to match asylum
seekers to professional opportunities. The project was carried out as part of Futurice’s
Chilicorn fund, which is the company’s way of making the world a little bit better place, one
pro bono project at a time.

Gofore has boosted equality in the company as a part of its work for responsibility
At Gofore, equality fosters efficiency and innovation in the workplace. This also reflects 
on the salaries. However, the average monthly salary of women doing billable work for 
clients is 20 euros more than that of men. In addition, the management team has 
38 percent women, which is more than the average for the staff (27 percent).   

Nitor has been designing and building an accessible Service Map (Palvelukartta) for the 
residents of the metropolitan area together with City of Helsinki and Annanpura. 
The digital service focuses providing information on public services and their accessibility, 
such as health stations, hospitals, day-care centers, libraries and recycling sites. The goal 
of the Service Map is to provide information equally for everyone in a truly accessible way 
and to help people with hearing, sight or mobility impairments find accessible services easily.

Reaktor has taken a firm grip on educating people on AI. The motivation derives from the
fact that AI will have an impact on everyone’s life, one way or another. Knowing at least the
basics of the phenomenon will help people to be full members of society and make wiser
decisions. Elements of AI online course offers the basic knowledge of AI for free, without
prerequisites. Finland will provide the course for European citizens in all official EU
languages by 2021.

Siili’s Mestari & Kisälli program offers a low threshold for new talents to enter the IT
industry. In the program, Siili’s senior employees train both young promises and seasoned
experts who wish to retrain for technology professionals. The program includes a 3-month
paid training package.

Solita produced the online service for the Ministry of Justice. The
service enables the submission, endorsement, and monitoring of citizens’ initiatives online.
Later its sister service was published, through which residents can
submit initiatives to their local governments or take part in the actions made by others.
Initiative services are an easy, free-of-charge and safe channel for submitting and
monitoring citizens’ and residents’ initiatives. They provide citizens with improved chances
to participate in and influence decision-making on the national and municipal level alike,
and to monitor how things progress.

Vincit has been a part of building Me foundation’s Noodi tool. With the help of Noodi,
young people can plan their careers from their starting points. The key helps in
understanding what their interests, strengths, qualities, and values are a basis for career
planning. Based on the given information, the tool guides users to professions suitable for
them, equally.

Wunderdog updated its equality and non-discrimination plan along with the salary
statistics, which led their employees to become curious about the reasoning behind the
differences in salaries. The company found the topic valuable and decided to proceed to a
salary audit by reporting themselves to equality consultants. The goal of the salary audit
was to ensure that the equality plan followed the legislation and that there were no
unacceptable salary differences between colleagues.