Digital Women’s Day is an annual event created in 2013 by Delphine Remy-Boutang, founder of The Bureau, a digital communication agency, and Catherine Barba, entrepreneur, business angel, and a specialist in e-commerce. The purpose of the day is to celebrate successful digital initiatives launched by women, to promote gender equality in the Web and innovation, and to give the keys to those tempted by entrepreneurship to take the plunge and start up business.
Held on March 10 at the Folies Bergères, the theme of the 4th edition will be “Meet the future”, with a trip into the ultra-connected world of tomorrow. The agenda includes meetings, round tables and workshops to understand digital technology and how it is revolutionizing our lives, and the place of women in the digital transition. To this extent, Afnic’s Chief Sales Officer (Emilie Turbat) participates to this event.
The 3,500 participants expected to attend will also enjoy the events organized at the “Village of the Future”, which will give an overview of life in the near future, and propose a “coding bar” and a selection of connected objects.
Afnic supports this initiative in favor of male / female equality, and recalls that gender equality is a major feature of its human resources policy: the percentage of female staff in the associations headcount is constantly increasing, rising to 41% of the association’s employees at year-end 2015 against 37% at year-end 2014, and 3 of its 7 Executive Committee members are women.
These figures place Afnic above the national average in digital services, where women still represent only 27% of the workforce, according to the figures from the Syntec Numérique trade association.
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Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.