The percentage of female IT leaders globally remains at 9% – a figure that has changed very little in the past few years despite one third of organisations claiming to have diversity initiatives.

Stereotypes surrounding the types of roles available in tech industry has added to the steady decline of women entering the tech workforce. As a result both recruiting and retaining female tech talent has become increasingly more difficult for companies.

The Women in IT Awards series aims to tackle this issue and redress the gender imbalance, by showcasing the achievements of women in the sector and identifying new role models.

Organised by business technology site Information Age, the awards were launched as a platform to celebrate women in technology. Since its launch, in 2015, the Women in IT Awards have showcased women in technology in London and New York. This year the awards series will expand to celebrate women in technology in Silicon Valley, Asia and Ireland for the first time.

This growing awards series acts as a flagship and high-profile platform to support the industry in its mission to move the dial on gender.