More women in technology: the bet of Ruta N, MAKAIA and Marina Orth Foundation with the support of Motorola

“Girls: This is the down payment on your future!”

With this sentence we began the delivery of certificates to the 25 young woman in the process of re-establishing their rights at the Youth Care Center Carlos Lleras Restrepo, known as “La Pola”, who on Saturday, July 14, completed the training process in Web 2.0, Computational Logic, multimedia and leadership. This certificate is obtained after learning under the Bootcamp methodology (intensive training in theory and practice), with a duration of six weeks and an intensity of four hours per week, within the framework of the 250 Women in Technology program, developed by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Ruta N, with the support of Rodrigo Arroyave Arango Foundation, Marina Orth Foundation and MAKAIA.

The objective of this stage of this project with gender focus, is to provide an opportunity for free training in leadership, empowerment and computer science. This will allow the young participants to develop new skills and abilities that will allow them to compete in a labor market full of opportunities and thus improve their quality of life. The course, guided by the Marina Orth Foundation and MAKAIA, will also be received by a second group of 16 young people in La Pola, who will start activities in a few days. In addition, a process was completed with 15 students from the 10th and 11th grades of La Avanzada Educational Institution, in the neighborhood of Santo Domingo, who will receive their certifications in the next few days .

250 Women in Technology is a commitment to generate skills for women in Medellin, and make them use technology as an opportunity for social and economic inclusion, whether as a professional choice, entrepreneurship or employability. The program is developed in three phases between March and November 2018:

  • A first phase of animation and motivation of women to interact with the technology that seeks -through various events-; to demolish the negative stereotypes in relation to the link between women and technology.
  • A second phase of talent attraction, in which the students of the higher grades of the public Educational Institution, may be part of Science Clubs, with the aim of encouraging their professional orientation towards STEM areas (a term that groups Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). And finally,
  • A third phase that seeks to generate conditions for the social and economic inclusion of the young women of La Avanzada and La Pola.

As a social purpose, the program aims to overcome three phenomena of social exclusion: the effect of the girl (discrimination and greater risk in situations of vulnerability); double exclusion (gender + race, gender + sexual orientation, gender + socio-economic situation, etc.); and the “ninis” (young people who do not study or work most of whom are women).

In the long term, the goal is to reduce the female employability gap in the technology industry, because according to recent reports, “only 27% of the technology companies workforce is women” (Cracking the code: girls’ and women’s education in STEM, UNESCO, 2017).


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