Green light for girls at STEM
People & Culture
- Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Cisco and other companies and educational institutions organise the first Greenlight for Girls event, held in Madrid
- Carmen Vela, State Secretary of Research, Development and Innovation for the Spanish Government, and Rafael van Grieken, Minister of Education and Research of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, will take part in the inauguration
Madrid, 14 December 2017 – On Saturday 16 December, about 200 girls aged 11 to 15 will participate in the first Greenlight for Girls event held in Madrid, conceived in order to inspire their training in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) studies using practical workshops.
Only one in four workers are women in the STEM field. Men comprise 76%[i]. Cisco wants to invert this trend, in collaboration with State Administrations, educational institutions and other companies in the technology, science, industrial and financial sector.
Led by the international not-for-profit organisation Greenlight For Girls (g4g) and organised by 50 volunteers (from Cisco and another 17 collaborating companies), this free event will take place at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III de Madrid, which is granting its facilities so that the young women can use to carry out fun and interesting STEM activities.
Carmen Vela, State Secretary of Research, Development and Innovation of the Spanish Government, and Rafael van Grieken, Minister of Education and Research of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, will take part in the event’s inauguration. It will also have podiums and presentations by the leading women in the STEM field, such as Aurelia Takacs and Melissa Rancourt, founders of the g4g project.
For one whole day (9:30 am to 5:30 pm), the girls (from 75 different schools) will take part in some of the 17 interactive workshops prepared by the collaborators, learning how a router functions, observing cells or extracting DNA, amongst others.
The collaborating companies this year are: Cisco, g4g, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, INLEA, BBVA, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Microsoft, Mioti, Escuelab, HP Aruba, Covestro, Fundación Telefónica, Oracle, Stanley Black & Decker and the Autonomous Government of Madrid.
Since 2010, Greenlight for Girls has inspired more than 13,000 girls from all over the world to pursue STEM education and careers, holding over 190 events on every continent and in which more than 3,500 volunteers have participated. With the support of Cisco, the organisation held this event, for the first time, in Belgium (Brussels), Poland (Krakow), Jordan (Amman) and Spain (Barcelona, Seville and now, in Madrid).
Cisco encourages gender inclusion in STEM as well as the training of youths in IT using diverse initiatives that are complementary to Greenlight for Girls. The Cisco Networking Academy not-for-profit programme has trained over 155,000 students in network technologies in Spain since 2000.
Cisco has also committed to having 20% of its professionals dedicate 20 hours of volunteer time per year to STEM mentoring activities (especially focusing on girls and women) for 2020.
In addition, Cisco holds the School Programme every year, conceived in order to promote the importance of completing higher education studies and inspire 5th- and 6th-year primary school students to be interested in technology (this year is the 5th year) and it supports the e-Skills for Jobs campaign, an EU initiative to broaden IT skills amongst youths and unemployed persons.
[i] Source: Greenlight For Girls (g4g).
About greenlight for girls
Greenlight for girls is an international organization dedicated to inspire girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the greenlight for girls Board of Directors is a dedicated group of science and technology professionals, gender equality experts and international educators, located in Europe, North America, India and Africa. Greenlight for Girls partners are individuals and organizations who share a common vision to make a positive difference in our children's and our society's future.
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