On February 12* a new edition of the MET Forum: Women, Energy and Technology was held in the city of Medellin; an event promoted by MET Community and BBVA Colombia, which seeks to “inspire, connect and support women entrepreneurs in Colombia”, bringing together more than 300 women among entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and business managers of Colombia, as well as other key actors of the ecosystem, as investors, financial institutions, representatives of the Academy and public and social sector organizations, around conversations, workshops and presentations.
Our Co-Founder and Strategy Director Catalina Escobar was one of the guests, participating in the Entrepreneurship, Prosperity and Social Impact Panel, where she narrated details of her experience as a social entrepreneur and leader of civil society that led her to gestar MAKAIA, in company María Claudia Camacho and Camilo Mondragón in 2006. She also spoke about the initiatives and projects she has developed from MAKAIA and other roles in entities such as the World Bank, in which she has been characterized by her vision, leadership and social sense.
The conversation held with Mónica Arango and John Herrera, sought, in addition, to guide and share learnings built around sustainable ventures with real social impact; also focused on the possibilities of the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). For this reason, the experience built by MAKAIA and accompanied by Catalina, -first from the role of Executive Director for 11 years, and then from the new Direction of Strategy-, become especially relevant. Our work has been oriented to the development of initiatives based on technology, innovation and cooperation, and sought to benefit thousands of people and social organizations in Colombia and Latin America.
For this, we have established guiding values to which we added an integrating vision on gender, efforts to close the gap that prevails especially in the Technology Sector. In this way, we have developed tools and developing processes of digital appropriation with women from rural areas, as well as girls and young people in school and in processes of restitution of rights. In addition, our ICT trainings and Workshops for elderly or disabled people, have always count with the presence of women.
The leadership and the voice of Catalina Escobar, who continue to propose the realization of new programs that include women and girls in the activities; and their recognition in these events next to her strong willingness to share her knowledge and history, continue to fill us with joy and inspiration.
*The event was held as a celebration of the International Day of Woman and Girls in Science: an UN Woman initiative.