Women in Technology

Women in Technology is a commitment to overcome the social and gender gap, through the approach to technology and STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) of women from the city of Medellín and the metropolitan area, generating capabilities to make use of technology as an opportunity for social and economic inclusion, whether as a professional choice, entrepreneurship project or employability. The project is led by Motorola Solutions Foundation and, in a first phase, had the support of the Rodrigo Arroyave Arango Foundation. In the second phase, it received resources from the Regional Call for Social Investment of the Bolivar Davivienda Foundation.

Its execution is led by Ruta N Medellín and it has the involvement of Marina Orth Foundation and MAKAIA, who contribute from their knowledge and experiences. The activities take place in different spaces where young women are concentrated who are studying, are in the process of restitution of rights or are under the care of the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (Colombian Family Welfare Institute).

For 2019, the project was incorporated into the AvantagEd initiative of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

2018 – Currently

Metropolitan area of the Aburra Valley, Colombia

Young women (between 13 and 18 years old) in conditions of vulnerability, low-income communities and/or in processes of restitution of rights of the metropolitan area.

General Objective:

Develop and strengthen leadership, empowerment, IT, employability skills in women between the ages of 13 and 18, through intensive training processes that allow them to obtain new personal and professional opportunities.

Specific objectives:

  • Ensure a professional team with the necessary skills that include women who inspire and motivate participants.
  • Develop an 80-hour training program in the defined curriculum and set the basis for future learning
  • Apply a contextualized methodology that motivates participants throughout the development of the project.

Marina Orth Foundation carries out intensive training in programming technology called bootcamps and MAKAIA guides the development of soft skills through technology; strengthening aspects such as assertive communication, creative thinking, leadership and teamwork, through products and tools developed in the same training processes. As cross-cutting strategies, Ruta N encourages and motivates women to interact with technology, and works to bring down negative stereotypes through various events that seek to attract talent, and promote students to participate in Science Clubs, with the Encouragement to encourage your professional orientation towards STEM areas.

First phase

In the first phase, activities were carried out at the Carlos Lleras Restrepo Criminal Responsibility Center, commonly known as “La Pola”, seeking the return to social life of groups of girls and young women, through the strengthening of soft skills and the development of other capacities and skills for working life. Likewise, this was an attempt to minimize the number of young people in the armed conflict and urban violence in the city.

At the same time, activities were carried out in the Public Educational Institution La Avanzada (Santo Domingo Savio – Commune 1 of Medellín) that strengthened the skills and work skills of young women in the grades 9, 10 and 11 to devote themselves to the areas of technology or to the continuation of studies superiors in the area, when finalizing its studies in the Institution.

Second phase

In 2019, the actions were also deployed in the Santa Clara Home, with orphaned girls who are under the care of the Franciscan sisters of Santa Clara (this being the space where they live and advance their studies in the internship modality). This center of attention is located in the rural municipality of San Andrés in Girardota. Other activities are carried out at the Marina Orth Educational Institution, located in Belén Aguas Frías and in the Strategy of Substitute Households of the Private Committee for Child Care – PAN.

As a social purpose, the program aims to overcome three phenomena of social exclusion:

  • The effect of the girl (discrimination and greater risks in situations of vulnerability)
  • The double exclusion (gender + race or gender + sexual orientation, gender + socio-economic situation, etc.)
  • And the “NEEF” (Youth not in Education, Employment, or Training), most of whom are women.

For the first phase, developed in 2018, two main goals were set: 60 certified women and 120 hours of training. Thus, achievements were obtained in two moments:

  • 45 young women certified in two groups (one formed in La Pola and one in the Educational Institution La Avanzada) and whose training was 90 hours long.
  • 20 young women from La Pola formed a second group, in a training that included 32 hours of training.

In 2019, there are a new goals: 100 women between 14 and 25 years old will develop capacities in female empowerment, be trained in technology and develop leadership skills with a gender focus.

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