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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The presence of Brazilian women in the areas of computing is low and utterly unequal in relation to men. Only 20 percent of the professionals working in the areas of information technology are women.

The data are from the National Household Sample Survey of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The lack of qualifications is not the issue, but rather the inequality of salaries. According to the survey, women in the sector are paid 34 percent less than men.

"Women need to fill technology vacancies in companies," says Nicolli dos Santos, a 19-year . . .

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