Cisco continues to inspire the next generation of girls through ‘greenlight for girls’
Thought Leadership, People & Culture
Cisco understands the importance of closing the Skills Gap and encouraging gender diversity in ICT. We see diversity and inclusion as a fundamental requirement of innovation.
This weekend Cisco was proud to participate in Barcelona’s second greenlight for girls (g4g) day. The aim of this event was to help foster interest amongst young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Nearly 200 girls aged 11 to 15 attended from more than 55 schools around Barcelona, taking part in a variety of inspiring technical talks and workshops.
g4g is an international non-profit organisation. It seeks to introduce girls to the world of science in fun and exciting ways, through interactive events, with sponsorship from corporate partners. Cisco’s sponsorship of g4g forms part of its wider program of promoting STEM education, advocating gender diversity, and giving back to communities.
Barcelona marks the third g4g event Cisco has supported this year. In September Cisco also supported a highly-successful g4g day in Krakow, Poland, where over 150 girls aged 11 to 14 got to meet technology role models and participate in workshops. And in March Cisco hosted a g4g event in its offices in Brussels, Belgium, focused on Arduino and cybersecurity.
Since 2010 greenlight for girls has inspired more than 25,500 girls from all over the world to pursue STEM education and careers. It has held over 190 events on six continents with more than 4,800 volunteers. With Cisco’s support the organization has launched g4g Days in several additional locations, including Serbia (Belgrade), India (Goa), Jordan (Amman) and Spain (Seville, and Madrid).
Encouraging gender inclusion - a necessary change
In Spain alone, digitization will create 1.25 million jobs between 2017 and 2022. However, one in four IT companies still experience difficulties finding qualified professionals. Today, worldwide, just one out of four STEM workers are women. And despite the fact that by 2020 demand for STEM skills will grow by 14% across Europe, enrollment into STEM subjects has reduced by 25%. To reverse these trends, collaboration between administrations, training institutions, and companies from the IT, scientific, industrial, and financial industries is key.
Cisco fosters gender inclusion in STEM and the training of young people in ICT through several additional Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Non-profit program Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) has already trained more than nine million students in networking technologies over the last twenty years. Cisco’s Girls Power Tech initiative supports Girls in ICT Day. Cisco also supports broader campaigns such as The EU’s Get Online Week and IT Industry Skills by The World Economic Forum. And in Spain Cisco holds an annual School Program, designed to promote higher education studies and inspire interest in IT among 5th and 6th grade students.
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